Average Bench: 87.3% (213th of 956)

Based on 898 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 12.7% 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 27.5MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 78MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 42.3%. 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 206MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 379MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 898 samples)
Min Avg Max
370 Read 479 516
319 Write 409 436
282 Mixed 418 463
253 SusWrite 379 419
94.8% 421 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 27.5 34.5
35.2 4K Write 63.5 91.3
13.7 4K Mixed 28.2 40
111% 39.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.4 DQ Read 206 370
55 DQ Write 213 323
13.7 DQ Mixed 78 193
94.8% 166 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
33GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 402 371 377 334 221 386 MB/s
Read 449
Write 395
Mixed 296
SusWrite 348
84% 372 MB/s
4K Read 31.4
4K Write 88.4
4K Mixed 42
148% 53.9 MB/s
DQ Read 326
DQ Write 270
DQ Mixed 178
166% 258 MB/s
93GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.06
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 82 86 96 88 84 MB/s
Read 337
Write 299
Mixed 250
SusWrite 87.1
54% 244 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 47.8
4K Mixed 24.5
92% 31.8 MB/s
DQ Read 230
DQ Write 168
DQ Mixed 138
120% 179 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,001,532 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1002 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 4,205 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 88%
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Desktop
Desktop 72%
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Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO - $158

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $1,099

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 Comments

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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