Average Bench: 85.7% (140th of 885)

Based on 761 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 14.2% 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 27MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 26.9MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 43%. 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 195MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 200MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 761 samples)
Min Avg Max
369 Read 480 514
312 Write 408 434
320 Mixed 431 463
98.1% 440 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.9 4K Read 27 34.1
34.1 4K Write 61.2 90.1
13.1 4K Mixed 26.9 39.2
108% 38.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.7 DQ Read 195 364
50.8 DQ Write 200 315
13.3 DQ Mixed 65.5 105
85.6% 154 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
191GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 521
Write 427
Mixed 447
104% 465 MB/s
4K Read 33.8
4K Write 79
4K Mixed 39.1
143% 50.6 MB/s
DQ Read 302
DQ Write 305
DQ Mixed 99.6
131% 236 MB/s
168GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 499
Write 431
Mixed 439
102% 456 MB/s
4K Read 29.3
4K Write 60.4
4K Mixed 34.7
121% 41.5 MB/s
DQ Read 250
DQ Write 210
DQ Mixed 94.1
108% 185 MB/s
177GB free
Firmware: 1.07 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 515
Write 431
Mixed 451
104% 465 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 58.9
4K Mixed 34.1
118% 40.5 MB/s
DQ Read 233
DQ Write 199
DQ Mixed 88.7
101% 174 MB/s
171GB free
Firmware: 1.06 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 499
Write 427
Mixed 454
103% 460 MB/s
4K Read 26.2
4K Write 57.7
4K Mixed 14.2
88% 32.7 MB/s
DQ Read 24.3
DQ Write 193
DQ Mixed 13.4
38% 77 MB/s
215GB free
Firmware: 1.05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 372
Write 388
Mixed 381
85% 381 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 75.2
4K Mixed 15.8
95% 38.1 MB/s
DQ Read 23.7
DQ Write 215
DQ Mixed 14.3
42% 84.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 5,626,618 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1002 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 3,106 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 90%
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Desktop
Desktop 73%
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Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO - $158

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $1,178

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 Comments

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

Super High Speed Profesionial SSD...

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21 months ago.

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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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8 months ago.

Plextor is a very skilled SSD maker!


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24 months ago.

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