Average Bench: 84.7% (128th of 859)

Based on 589 user benchmarks.  Models: PLEXTOR PX-256M5Pro, PLEXTOR PX-256M5P

The Plextor M5 delivers fantastic value for money and sits within easy reach of the top handful of SSD's currently available. The M5's performance favours server type workloads where it takes joint fourth position in the AS-SSD total score benchmark. With a Real World Speed Index of 524.5 it will also cope very well with consumer workloads. Aside from its blistering performance we also like the fact that this drive uses the latest Marvell controller which hasn't suffered any of the reliability issues that plagued some of the early Sandforce based drives. When this drive first hit the shelves in September '12 it was overpriced but since then prices have dropped by nearly 40% making it currently one of top five value for money drives available. [Jun '13 SSDrivePro]

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Very good average bench

The Plextor M5 Pro 256GB averaged just 15.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 26.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 26.6MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 42.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 192MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 194MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 589 samples)
Min Avg Max
360 Read 478 512
297 Write 404 433
292 Mixed 429 462
97.3% 437 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19 4K Read 26.7 34
32.7 4K Write 59.7 89.7
12.6 4K Mixed 26.6 38.8
106% 37.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.1 DQ Read 192 360
48.8 DQ Write 194 317
12.9 DQ Mixed 65.6 105
84.5% 151 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
140GB free
Firmware: 1.07 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 493
Write 429
Mixed 449
102% 457 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 52
4K Mixed 31.3
110% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 193
DQ Write 142
DQ Mixed 72.3
80% 136 MB/s
101GB free
Firmware: 1.06 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 373
Write 360
Mixed 369
82% 367 MB/s
4K Read 24.8
4K Write 41.7
4K Mixed 24.8
91% 30.4 MB/s
DQ Read 57.9
DQ Write 134
DQ Mixed 60
56% 84.1 MB/s
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AmazonUS $99.992 years ago.
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 3,034 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 62%
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Desktop
Desktop 70%
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Workstation
Workstation 53%
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Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO - $158

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $1,058

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Controller: Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2. NAND Memory: Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC.

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Faster than my Sandisk 240Gb in games (up to 2 seconds gaps in stages loading). Excellent product, no loss of speed after nearly 3 years of intensive use and many fomating. Plextor definetly took my heart with this one.—Sep '14


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Plextor is a very skilled SSD maker!


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Fast and 5 year warranty


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