Plextor’s M3 and M3 Pro are two of the best solid state drives currently available. Maybe the best. This isn’t Plextor talking. It’s the critical consensus of some of the top reviewers in the high-tech world.
Some of the Reviews
“The M3 Pro handles typical burst speeds well, but when under heavy load it really shines, delivering the best client SSD performance we’ve seen to date. Coupled with a five year warranty and excellent power numbers the M3P stands out as a top-tier client SSD.” (Editor’s Choice.) StorageReview.com
“An outstanding value and a good performer, the Plextor PX-256M3 compares favorably with more expensive solid-state drives (SSDs) from more established storage companies.” PCMag.com
“In the light of the performance specifications, the M3 looks very promising. It beats its closest match, the Crucial m4, in all aspects. It’s very competitive even with SandForce based SSDs and especially the stated random read figures are great.” AnandTech
“The 256GB model M3 Pro that we are looking at today is also equipped with a massive 512MB cache buffer which certainly adds to the amazing performance we’re seeing from this new series of products from Plextor.” TweakTown
“In examining the SATA 3 new generation SSDs we have tested to date, it becomes apparent that the Plextor has unseated the top ranking Intel 520 SSD.” The SSD Review
Features & Performance
The M3 and M3 Pro Solid State Drives getting these kudos offer significant improvements over its predecessor, the M2S, including a boost in sequential and random read and write speeds that places it in the ranks of the fastest SSDs available. The M3 also has high-grade 24nm Toggle Flash and firmware improvements.
It’s available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions. It delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/450 MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 75,000/69,000 IOPS. And it uses the latest SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) interface, a server-grade controller from Marvell, and flash memory from Toshiba.
This is Plextor’s third SSD release featuring True Speed technology, which prevents drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented. True Speed can maintain high performance and read/write speeds at like-new levels throughout the life of the drive.
Before leaving the factory, all Plextor SSDs go through rigorous benchmark testing. Units are put through a 20-hour high temperature burn-in test and intense simulation of real world environments. As a result, Plextor SSDs have a 0.59% average annual failure rate, which is one of the lowest in the industry.
The look and feel of the M3 is sleek and solid. The body is finished in brushed silver metal alloy, top and bottom. At 2.75 x 4 inches it’s a pretty handful that will attract a lot of attention. And at 7mm high it has plenty of headroom in an ultra-slim notebook.
What Else Is In the Box?
The M3 includes an award winning analysis, disk cloning, and backup utility, making it easy to migrate data from a traditional HDD to an SSD. A 3.5” mounting bracket makes it ideal for both laptop and desktop installations.
Plextor offers an industry-leading five-year warranty because of superior standards in manufacturing and testing. On all fronts, the M3 is the perfect drive for businesses, power users, serious gamers, system integrators, and anyone who demands fault-tolerant performance.
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