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Plextor announces M6e gaming SSD

Plextor announces M6e gaming SSD

Plextor's M6e SSD connects up to 512GB of Toshiba toggle NAND flash over a PCI Express bus with full boot-drive and AHCI support without the need for proprietary drivers.

Storage giant Plextor has announced a PCI Express solid-state drive (SSD) explicitly designed to target gamers and offering an impressive 770MB/s read speed.

Connecting a wodge of solid-state storage as an add-in card rather than a SATA-connected drive isn't a new concept: while the first such products were targeted at the datacentre and professional workstation market, PCIe SSDs have been slowly dropping in price to the point where they can now be considered a real option for gamers looking to trim load times to an absolute minimum - and it's here that Plextor enters with the M6e.

'Plextor has built a close relationship with the gaming community so it is natural that we’re the first to provide an SSD that meets their specific needs,' crowed Plextor product manager Zhang Yaping at the unveiling. 'Modern games push systems to their limits; by getting data from storage to the graphics card and into RAM fast, even under heavy load, the M6e makes the gameplay experience smoother and better. We’ve also optimised the M6e to perform smoothly with a large variety of games so it’s suitable for use by all types of players.'

The M6e offers full AHCI support for driver-free use on all operating systems with full support for use as a boot drive, a distinct change from the days of PCIe SSDs requiring Windows-only drivers to operate. Using a Marvell 88SS9183 controller and Toshiba toggle NAND flash, Plextor claims the drive hits peak sequential read and write speeds of 770MB/s and 625MB/s respectively - not the fastest on the market, but certainly respectable - and offers random read and write performance of 105,000 and 100,000 input-output operations per second (IOPS) respectively.

While Plextor has bought the controller in from Marvell, the company claims to have developed the firmware in-house to optimise gaming performance. The company has promised to launch 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models, but has yet to provide pricing or availability.

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Bindibadgi 9th January 2014, 10:45 Quote
That's a massive, massive PCB for such a tiny card. Plextor need some industrial designers on that.
Deders 9th January 2014, 10:53 Quote
Will it really make a difference over Sata when actually gaming? I doubt it.
K.I.T.T. 9th January 2014, 10:55 Quote
Should have made it to half height card specs and ship it with both brackets so they could sell it to SFF system users too...
Corky42 9th January 2014, 11:11 Quote
With SATA Express on the horizon i cant see add-in cards such as this having much market appeal.
[USRF]Obiwan 9th January 2014, 12:05 Quote
They should have build it like an 'up gradable' Lego block, so you can add storage modules to it.
Jimbob 9th January 2014, 13:09 Quote
Looks like a decent card, however, pricing is really what matters. If this is much more than a standard S-ATA SSD then the small "real world use" hardly makes it worth it. If it's priced competitively then it's a decent bit of kit.
IanW 9th January 2014, 13:18 Quote
Have they not seen the daughter board supplied with Asus' Maximus VI series?
ChaosDefinesOrder 9th January 2014, 15:00 Quote
Surely at that potential size (as in remove the unnecessary excess green!) it doesn't even need a back-panel bracket and could just slot straight into the PCI-E 1x slot?
Shirty 9th January 2014, 15:05 Quote
Are mPCIe SSDs a thing, or will they ever be?
phuzz 9th January 2014, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Are mPCIe SSDs a thing, or will they ever be?

Yes, sort of, go google mSATA for more information. Most netbooks use them.
Shirty 9th January 2014, 16:06 Quote
Ah no, not MSATA, specifically mPCIe (same socket, different pinout). PCIe x 1 theoretically has a higher transfer rate than SATA from version 3 onward.
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