Average Bench: 87.8% (233rd of 964)

Based on 933 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 12.2% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 99.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 27.8MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 41.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 363MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 226MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 933 samples)
Min Avg Max
365 Read 473 515
318 Write 402 435
254 Mixed 387 461
154 SusWrite 363 417
91.3% 406 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.1 4K Read 27.8 34.7
36.2 4K Write 64.5 91.1
13.9 4K Mixed 29 40.5
113% 40.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.3 DQ Read 226 374
61.9 DQ Write 225 328
14.3 DQ Mixed 99.4 218
109% 183 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.08
SusWrite @10s intervals: 389 416 373 402 422 389 MB/s
Read 473
Write 413
Mixed 299
SusWrite 398
89% 396 MB/s
4K Read 30.5
4K Write 63.6
4K Mixed 34.2
124% 42.8 MB/s
DQ Read 365
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 216
198% 303 MB/s
93GB free
Firmware: 1.05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 239 300 338 340 336 337 MB/s
Read 481
Write 409
Mixed 297
SusWrite 315
84% 375 MB/s
4K Read 32.6
4K Write 81.5
4K Mixed 39.3
143% 51.1 MB/s
DQ Read 333
DQ Write 270
DQ Mixed 175
165% 259 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,690,586 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1003 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 4,456 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 61%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $990

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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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