Plextor M5S 256 GB Review: Marvell Inside, With A Twist

Benchmark Results: HD Tune

Once we wrap up testing with hIOmon, applying multiple real-world workloads, the drives are in a used state. Next, we proceed with a HD Tune write benchmark across the full span of each drive to look for consistency in write performance.

This test consists of writing data to every sector of the SSDs, measuring speed and latency. In the graphs below, the orange line represents write performance, and the yellow dots indicate write access time (you want those as low as possible).

We're presented with no real surprises, particularly after the previous page. Samsung's 830 turns out to be fastest, followed by Plextor's M5S and Crucial's m4.

Crucial m4

Samsung 830

Plextor M5S

Summary Results

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  • lutel
    Why in your reviews you dont mention anything about FDE and its support in modern mainboards based on chipsets for Ivy Bridge? It is much more crucial feature to some people than small differences in performance.
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  • JackNaylorPE
    I'd be more worried about matching Mushkin's price / performance ... and same 3 year warranty.

    Samsung 230 - $227 ($0.89 / GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164

    Mushkin Chronos Deluxe - $180 ($0.75 / GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
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  • mayne92
    Great review Richard! Complemented my morning brew.
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  • bigcyco1
    Great review thanks!
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  • NuclearShadow
    Good I hope the market continues to get flooded with SSD's the recent price drops are no doubt hugely influenced by competition.

    JackNaylorPEI'd be more worried about matching Mushkin's price / performance ... and same 3 year warranty.Samsung 230 - $227 ($0.89 / GB)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820147164Mushkin Chronos Deluxe - $180 ($0.75 / GB)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226225


    Hate to break it to you buddy but the Mushkin link leads to a 128GB for $179.99 That is well above $1 per GB.
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  • Combat Wombat
    I wonder if the Plextor cloning software is as good as their Hdd's?
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  • blazorthon
    NuclearShadowGood I hope the market continues to get flooded with SSD's the recent price drops are no doubt hugely influenced by competition. Hate to break it to you buddy but the Mushkin link leads to a 128GB for $179.99 That is well above $1 per GB.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226237

    He gave the wrong link and mistook the Delux for the non-Delux. The above link is the non-Delux 256GB for $179.99. The Delux is another $10 at $190:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

    Still, I'd go with the Vertex 4 256GB at $190 instead of any of these at their prices.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227792&Tpk=Vertex%204%20256GB
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  • uriah
    A small inexpensive (25 cent) capacitor could provide enough power to complete writing what remained in the dram if it is a major problem.
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  • Menigmand
    "xfer".. transfer? Who came up with that
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  • hypermole
    It would be nice to know if this new ssd is worth more overall than the M3 Pro and why? Warranty?
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  • richard hart
    Specs and warranty comparisons are on the front page. If I had a choice between the M5S or the M3 Pro (and money was no object) I would go for the M3 Pro. The M5 Pro would be my ultimate choice and it’s what I am using now. For me it’s the best drive out there at the monument. (The M5 Pro review will be out soon).

    Cheers, Richard
    Tom's Hardware
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  • flyflinger
    I remember back when I used to work at a disk drive company (a brand that's technically no longer around), we would "optimize" the FW to recognize when benchmarks were being run and subtly manipulate the drive's prefetch, caching behavior, etc. to make the drive look blazingly fast. Gotta wonder if something like that is going on here.
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