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Plextor unveils M6 SSD range

Plextor unveils M6 SSD range

The Plextor M6e PCIe HHHL

Plextor has unveiled the Plextor M6 range of SSDs, spanning the full range of SSD form factors from PCIe to mSATA.

The range uses Toshiba's latest 19nm toggle NAND flash and benefits from Plextor's "Adaptive Write" firmware, which allows for increased storage density while maintaining a high working life, something that's reflected in the range's 5 year warranty.

The range is topped by the M6e PCIe drives which come in M.2 and HHHL configurations for use in the latest laptops and desktop PCs. Powered by the Marvell 88SS9183 controller the M6e can deliver sequential read/write speeds of 770/625MB per second and random read/write speeds of 105,000 and 100,000IOPS. The drives function in AHCI mode and when used in conjunction with a system with UEFI, startup times can apparently be halved. The M6e will be available in capacities up to 512GB.

Next up is the M6S, which uses a traditional 2.5in form factor. The slower interface means sequential/random read/write speeds are reduced to 520MB/440MB and 94,000/80,000 IOPS respectively. It will also top out at 512GB.

Plextor unveils M6 SSD range

Finally there's the M6M drive, which uses an mSATA form factor but otherwise delivers the same performance and features as the larger SATA drive.

Plextor unveils M6 SSD range

The full range is expected to arrive in the "spring of 2014".

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iwod 10th January 2014, 04:24 Quote
So even without the SATA 6Gbps barrier we are still not able to saturate the 1GBps bandwidth from PCI-E 2.0 x 2. Looks like we really need a major leap again from the controller.
Harlequin 10th January 2014, 08:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by iwod
So even without the SATA 6Gbps barrier we are still not able to saturate the 1GBps bandwidth from PCI-E 2.0 x 2. Looks like we really need a major leap again from the controller.

they are M.2 cards or half height M.2 , which is the follow on from msata and uses 4 pcie lanes for 1 6gbt interface slot.
Corky42 10th January 2014, 09:41 Quote
I have always read that on-board Marvell controllers suck when compared to Intel, is that only certain models of Marvell controllers or are all of them pretty bad ?

Not that any on-board solution can exceed the 600MB/s ceiling of SATA 3, but with ASUS demonstrating a Z87-Deluxe/SATA Express motherboard at CES are we going to find cards like these Plextor outdated in 6 months?
Harlequin 10th January 2014, 10:37 Quote
the first marvell controllers for motherboards were pants the Marvell 88SE9128 , but nowadays they are much better.


for ssd`s marvell have been quite good
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