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Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-256M2S 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Fast Sequential Transfer but 4K Transfers 04/19/2011

This review is from: Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-256M2S 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast sequential transfers. Not as fast as stated in specs but respectable. Mid to high 300's read, Mid 200's write.

Cons: Slower than expected 4K transfers. I have been seeing speeds around 20-30 read and 30-40 write. For 4K-64Thrd transfers I should see the read speeds go up something like 8-10x with AHCI enabled but I only see them go up to the mid 60's.

Scores about 300 in AS SSD Benchmark. Not competitive for this class of drive.

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed in the overall performance of the drive. While the sustained transfer is good, most drive operations consist of small random concurrent operations.

I have done everything I can to optimize system and verify that I am using the latest drivers with AHCI enabled.

I hope that in the future there is a firmware update that will improve the performance of this drive. I have not, however, been able to find any reference to firmware updates, firmware updating utilities, or any other drive utilities on the Plextor site.

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Hitachi GST Travelstar 7K200 HTS722020K9SA00 (0A50940) 200GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A fair bit faster than the Seagate 7200RPM 100GB SATA drive I replaced. Very quiet.

Cons: None

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OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good stable memory. And that is saying something for any memory used on an ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard which is particular about the kind of memory it likes. SLI Enabled. Great Price, Just ordered another set.

Cons: Tall. Not a problem for me but I could see that it could cause a problem some installations.

Other Thoughts: On another note. OCZ did a good job of fitting a memory stick with a heat pipe and external heat sink into the width of single memory slot.

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Kenric R.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenric R.

Date Joined: 01/05/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/14/08
  • Last Review: 04/19/11
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