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Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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  • 256GB
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The M5S Series SSD continues to deliver the highest quality storage performance in the industry. Continuing with the legacy and award-winning performance of its predecessors, the M5S SSD is consistently faster and reliable. Featuring Plextor’s True Speed Technology, exclusive firmware, and Marvell server-grade controller chip, the M5S SSD is capable to deliver stable data transfer speeds over the long period. The M5S Series PX-128M5S SSD clocks in random read/write speeds up to 71,000/51,000 IOPS with sequential read/write speeds up to 520/200 MB/s. The performance is consistent even when this SSD deals with non-compressible data such as encoded video, MP3 audio, or JPG images. In actual every-day computing environment, it is able to achieve and sustain the like-new performance even after intense activity giving users the fast storage they need to boot, save, and load almost instantaneously.

The M5S SSD goes through the rigorous tests and is of the highest quality. Plextor’s exacting requirements for quality control mean that all SSDs must meet high standards and expectation. Each M5S drive is first subjected to a high-temperature burn-in test and then undergoes accelerated real-world simulation testing. This ensures that all drives provide long-term stability and performance.

The M5S SSD performance is never compromised. It offers stability with the constant high performance your PC needs to operate at speed. The M5S is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

  • newegg Lightning Fast Performance that Doesn’t Slow Down The Plextor M5S Series PX-128M5S achieves maximum speed performance during everyday operations - random read speed up to 71,000 IOPS and random write up to 51,000 IOPS. It supports SATA 6Gb/s standard for maximum transfer speeds and compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s. Just replace system hard drive for substantially faster boot, application opening, and shutdown times, saves time when loading and saving large files, and smooth system operation during autosaves.
  • newegg Highest Reliability with True Speed Technology Exclusive True Speed technology is designed to prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after a prolonged use or when data become heavily fragmented. The M5S Series SSD maintains high speed performance at a like-new level throughout the life of the SSD.
  • newegg Continuous High Performance Sustained like-new performance eliminates the sharp drop in performance seen in many SSD devices after periods of real-world use. Exclusive firmware with outstanding Instant Restore feature, advanced Global Wear Leveling and Bad Block Management functions allows the SSD to operate at full potential. The Plextor M5S Series PX-128M5S supports SMART prediction and TRIM commands. Performance optimization and garbage collection also operate independently of the operating system.
  • newegg Ideal For Workstations Speed increases massively in storage performance over hard-drive technology along with reduced power consumption, lower noise, and less heat. Controller design ensures high stability and performance during multitasking. The M5S Series SSD also delivers constant performance when working with non-compressible data such as common video, audio, or photo file types. Those features make the M5S Series SSD ideal for use in audio/video workstations as it can provide fast loading and saving times for large files and make the processing of editing far smoother and easier.

The M5S Series SSD continues to deliver the highest quality storage performance in the industry. Continuing with the legacy and award-winning performance of its predecessors, the M5S SSD is consistently faster and reliable. Featuring Plextor’s True Speed Technology, exclusive firmware, and Marvell server-grade controller chip, the M5S SSD is capable to deliver stable data transfer speeds over the long period. The M5S Series PX-256M5S SSD clocks in random read/write speeds up to 73,000/70,000 IOPS with sequential read/write speeds up to 520/390 MB/s. The performance is consistent even when this SSD deals with non-compressible data such as encoded video, MP3 audio, or JPG images. In actual every-day computing environment, it is able to achieve and sustain the like-new performance even after intense activity giving users the fast storage they need to boot, save, and load almost instantaneously.

The M5S SSD goes through the rigorous tests and is of the highest quality. Plextor’s exacting requirements for quality control mean that all SSDs must meet high standards and expectation. Each M5S drive is first subjected to a high-temperature burn-in test and then undergoes accelerated real-world simulation testing. This ensures that all drives provide long-term stability and performance.

The M5S SSD performance is never compromised. It offers stability with the constant high performance your PC needs to operate at speed. The M5S is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

  • newegg Lightning Fast Performance that Doesn’t Slow Down The Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S achieves maximum speed performance during everyday operations - random read speed up to 73,000 IOPS and random write up to 70,000 IOPS. It supports SATA 6Gb/s standard for maximum transfer speeds and compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s. Just replace system hard drive for substantially faster boot, application opening, and shutdown times, saves time when loading and saving large files, and smooth system operation during autosaves.
  • newegg Highest Reliability with True Speed Technology Exclusive True Speed technology is designed to prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after a prolonged use or when data become heavily fragmented. The M5S Series SSD maintains high speed performance at a like-new level throughout the life of the SSD.
  • newegg Continuous High Performance Sustained like-new performance eliminates the sharp drop in performance seen in many SSD devices after periods of real-world use. Exclusive firmware with outstanding Instant Restore feature, advanced Global Wear Leveling and Bad Block Management functions allows the SSD to operate at full potential. The Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S supports SMART prediction and TRIM commands. Performance optimization and garbage collection also operate independently of the operating system.
  • newegg Ideal For Workstations Speed increases massively in storage performance over hard-drive technology along with reduced power consumption, lower noise, and less heat. Controller design ensures high stability and performance during multitasking. The M5S Series SSD also delivers constant performance when working with non-compressible data such as common video, audio, or photo file types. Those features make the M5S Series SSD ideal for use in audio/video workstations as it can provide fast loading and saving times for large files and make the processing of editing far smoother and easier.


Learn more about the Plextor PX-256M5S

General

Brand
Plextor
Series
M5S Series
Model
PX-256M5S
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Interface
SATA III
Controller
Marvell
Cache
512MB
Height
9.5mm
Width
69.85mm
Depth
100mm
Weight
75g

Performance

Max Sequential Read
up to 520 MB/s
Max Sequential Write
up to 390 MB/s
4KB Random Read
Up to 73,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 70,000 IOPS
MTBF
1,500,000 hours

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
0.7W
Power Consumption (Active)
2.8W
Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C
Storage Temperature
-40°C ~ +85°C
Max Shock Resistance
1500G

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael K.
  • 5/7/2014 12:16:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Worked flawlessly for about 19 months. Now, locks up.

Cons: Failed after 19 months. I am probably going to pursue a claim on the warranty and keep as a backup. Changing to another brand for my primary SSD.

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  • Brent R.
  • 4/17/2014 5:41:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: none

Cons: Worked for 3 weeks.

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  • Gregory K.
  • 1/8/2014 11:38:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far no issues

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, so far seems to be reliable

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Seems like I just got lucky and received a drive with no issues (see other reviews).

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  • Richard M.
  • 10/2/2013 4:52:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIssue detecting in MBP

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Solid performance. Works well with MBP unibody.

Cons: None to date.

Other Thoughts: I can speak to the other user who had issues with drives being detected when installed in a MBP. We had the same issue at my College, but it turns out that the flex cables needed to be replaced. It was very odd, but we figured since the drive was readable from a sled that perhaps it was the cable in the MBP. Turns out we were right.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 9/28/2013 10:19:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: The Plextool works well to diagnose download firmware updates, however does not install the firmware.

Cons: Writes about 3-7GB and then stops working.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box this drive was nothing but trouble. Would not hold an OS or anything. Tried different cables, tried formatting and updating the firmware. Btw the firmware update is done by a liveboot of linux. I eventually downloaded the utilities from plextor and found out that my drive was dead. Furthermore, the alerts in the tool and the manual is very poorly translated English. After the first laugh or two it gets quite annoying.

I'm going to see about getting a replacement. However seeing how the company said "The M5S SSD goes through the rigorous tests and is of the highest quality. Plextor’s exacting requirements for quality control mean that all SSDs must meet high standards and expectation." I don't believe I will give them more than 3 stars depending on how well it works when I get a replacement. Very disappointing so far.

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  • Ronald L.
  • 5/8/2013 10:51:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, Fast, and Fast

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Blazing fast speeds -- POST took me longer than windows boot up even before I activated the RAID controller for my data drive. This drive runs blazingly fast.

Cons: Didn't fit a standard SSD mount I had floating around; don't know why the screws didn't line up, but it wasn't worth fighting with. I've applied zip ties to hold the drive in place instead -- it's light and vibration free, so it's not like I need it mounted that securely.

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  • Philipp S.
  • 5/3/2013 11:10:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible drives

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: When they work, they are really fast

Cons: Our company recently purchased 7 of these from insight to upgrade 7 people to SSDs on their Macbook Pros. The first laptop was successful without any issues. The second one, the SSD#2 was noting being detected in the disk utility. I put the drive on a sock and placed the original drive back in and was able to see SSD#2 on the hard drive dock. Formatted, and placed back in the main bay. Still does not detect. Installed SSD#3 and 4 and still the same problem. SSD#5 worked. I tested the rest and they were fine too. So 3 out of 7 were busted. That is extremely bad. Is there no quality control?

Other Thoughts: My coworkers said that plextor is the best, but i dont think i will ever purchase them again. 42% failure rate is not acceptable. I will seek out better alternatives.

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  • Jayson R.
  • 4/3/2013 8:02:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent performance

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Excellent performance. Plextor i known for reliability.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My last SSD in my old machine was a Samsung 830 128GB. I wanted to move to a larger drive for this machine, but couldn't quite afford the 840Pro 256, I didn't want anything with SandForce (including Intel), I didn't trust the TLC in the regular 840 and the write speed of the Crucial M4 seemed really slow even though the drive gets excellent reviews for being reliable.
There wasn't a lot of reviews out on the web for this particular drive, and I felt I was taking a little big of a gamble with it, but I'm ultimately pleased with it's performance.

I'm a developer and occasional Gamer, and I couldn't ask for a faster or more responsive drive. It boots my Arch Linux install to the KDM login screen in about 4 seconds once it passes the bootloader.

A high level overview of the rest of the machines specs are
i7 3770 (non-k) clocked to 4.1GHz by setting it to 4.1GHz Turbo for all 4 cores active.
16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 (although, I'm running at 1600 speeds so that it'll run at 1.5V).
EVGA GTX560Ti 2GB drive.
Samsung spinning drive for extra data storage.

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  • THOMAS S.
  • 11/10/2012 2:07:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT DRIVE

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Booted up first time and has been working fine for a week now, great speed and performance so far....installed in new build with Win 7 Pro 64 bit.

Cons: Price......though getting a better value each month.

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  • David Y.
  • 11/5/2012 10:40:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast. Windows 7 boots to the desktop before the startup animation is complete.

Cons: On the expensive side, but no more so than other SSDs.

Other Thoughts: Benchmark speeds on my system:
Sequential Read: 450 MBytes/sec
Sequential Write: 355 MBytes/sec
Random Seek + R/W: 260 MBytes/sec

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