Average Bench: 89% (255th of 992)

Based on 1,094 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 10.9% 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 151MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 28.3MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 43.5%. 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 317MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 358MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,094 samples)
Min Avg Max
346 Read 457 506
294 Write 387 432
224 Mixed 317 457
172 SusWrite 358 419
85.2% 380 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.9 4K Read 28.3 34.8
38.1 4K Write 66.2 92.3
17.2 4K Mixed 31.5 41.9
118% 42 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.7 DQ Read 280 382
74.1 DQ Write 258 333
18.8 DQ Mixed 151 221
146% 230 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
176GB free
Firmware: 1.08
SusWrite @10s intervals: 361 361 371 368 394 394 MB/s
Read 497
Write 428
Mixed 316
SusWrite 375
91% 404 MB/s
4K Read 33.4
4K Write 77.5
4K Mixed 39.7
142% 50.2 MB/s
DQ Read 386
DQ Write 335
DQ Mixed 224
205% 315 MB/s
176GB free
Firmware: 1.08
SusWrite @10s intervals: 344 329 366 383 380 381 MB/s
Read 476
Write 420
Mixed 294
SusWrite 364
87% 388 MB/s
4K Read 29.9
4K Write 80
4K Mixed 29.1
125% 46.3 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 224
205% 315 MB/s
98GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.08
SusWrite @10s intervals: 337 356 323 350 362 314 MB/s
Read 416
Write 363
Mixed 255
SusWrite 340
77% 344 MB/s
4K Read 25.8
4K Write 46.3
4K Mixed 16.3
84% 29.5 MB/s
DQ Read 241
DQ Write 218
DQ Mixed 151
135% 204 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,029,063 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1003 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 5,718 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 61%
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Desktop
Desktop 71%
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Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $1,016

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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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