Average Bench: 88.6% (245th of 980)

Based on 966 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 11.3% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 125MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.2MB/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. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 350MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 359MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 966 samples)
Min Avg Max
350 Read 465 510
307 Write 394 433
229 Mixed 350 460
154 SusWrite 359 416
88.1% 392 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21 4K Read 28.2 34.8
36.7 4K Write 66.1 92.2
14.6 4K Mixed 30.6 41.7
117% 41.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.5 DQ Read 252 374
67.2 DQ Write 242 329
14.7 DQ Mixed 125 220
128% 207 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
59GB free
Firmware: 1.06
SusWrite @10s intervals: 409 418 417 418 417 416 MB/s
Read 486
Write 407
Mixed 280
SusWrite 416
89% 397 MB/s
4K Read 34.9
4K Write 89.5
4K Mixed 41.7
154% 55.4 MB/s
DQ Read 385
DQ Write 325
DQ Mixed 219
201% 310 MB/s
45GB free
Firmware: 1.08
SusWrite @10s intervals: 397 408 393 431 431 427 MB/s
Read 466
Write 383
Mixed 297
SusWrite 414
88% 390 MB/s
4K Read 33.4
4K Write 85.6
4K Mixed 34.8
140% 51.3 MB/s
DQ Read 370
DQ Write 327
DQ Mixed 207
194% 301 MB/s
124GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 371 369 370 419 427 427 MB/s
Read 473
Write 399
Mixed 295
SusWrite 397
88% 391 MB/s
4K Read 28.9
4K Write 70.5
4K Mixed 39
131% 46.1 MB/s
DQ Read 309
DQ Write 268
DQ Mixed 175
162% 251 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,408,650 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1003 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 5,136 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 61%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $1,097

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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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