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Plextor Jumps Into SSD Fray With 64GB, 128GB

Plextor, the famed maker of optical drives earlier this year announced that it will be jumping into solid-state drives (SSDs). Today the company announced the release of its first line of SSDs, the PX-64M1S (64GB) and the PX-128M1S (128GB).

The company's first generation of SSDs use Marvell controller chipsets, which will help the 64GB version deliver up to 110MB/s sequential read, 65MB/s in sequential write, and up to 4,200 random read IOPS and 1,200 random write IOPS. The 128GB version will run a little faster and deliver up to 130MB/s sequential read, 70MB/s sequential write, and up to 4,300 random read IOPS and 1,800 random write IOPS.

Plextor boasts that its SSDs will be equipped with a unique Wear Leveling algorithm that the company claims can prevent degradation of drive performance and prolong product life. The initial press info did not specify whether or not the drives support the TRIM command for Windows 7 users.

Both models are available now, with MSRP around $225 for 64GB and $400 for 128GB. 

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • grieve
    I saw a vid about this on youtube earlier, its cool!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0
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  • shadow187
    Mayhaps competition among SSD makers will drop price?

    (One can hope, :bounce:)
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  • kresso
    grieveI saw a vid about this on youtube earlier, its cool!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0BLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?
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  • 1) All these companies jumping in to the SSD party means that the SSD market must be ridiculously lucrative, so those $3-$4+ per GB figures we are paying must be truly outrageous. I wonder what the margins are on the drives.

    2) I'm glad that all these companies are jumping in because it will accelerate the price drops.
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  • grieve
    Yes for certain competition will lower prices. I would love to have an SSD... I'm just not going to pay insane prices for a small drive.

    BTW the negatives on my first post means you enjoyed the movie! :)
    It's a joke, and a little humorous, lighten up.
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  • grieve
    kressoBLAST YOU!!! How dumb can I be?haha i will never do it again, but it is fun for a change of pace.
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  • distortion
    I keep reading about TRIM being "for Win 7 users". Does anyone know if Ubuntu EXT4 now reliably supports TRIM or is it still under development? Thanks.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    I'm all for competition - better performance at a lower price. I'm just wondering how long the process will take before ssd's are really affordable.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    More competition. =)
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  • descendency
    Can someone please explain how this drive is competitive? It doesn't seem like it will be competitive in the average consumer market. Maybe with those IOPS it will be nice in other markets...
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