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For the most part, if you have seen one SSD, you have seen them all. How­ever, the Plextor M6e Black Edi­tion man­ages to pull off the rare trick of be­ing able to look at­trac­tive. The en­tire drive en­clo­sure is black and has an ap­peal­ing sand­blasted fin­ish.

Look­ing around the drive, we can see that Plextor has out­fit­ted it with LED sta­tus in­di­ca­tors, an ad­di­tional 15-pin ex­ter­nal SATA power con­nec­tor, plus ex­tra pins that can be used to con­nect to HDD sta­tus in­di­ca­tors. You won’t find all these bells and whis­tles on the other drives.

Plextor has been uti­liz­ing Marvell con­trollers in their drives for some time now and the flag­ship M6e Black Edi­tion con­tin­ues in this tra­di­tion. Un­der the prover­bial hood is Marvell’s 88SS9183 con­troller as well as Toshiba’s A19nm MLC NAND. And if you ac­tu­ally peel the heatsink and en­clo­sure off, you will find that the M6e Black Edi­tion is a M.2 drive mounted onto a PCIe adapter - just like the Kingston HyperX. Un­for­tu­nately, do­ing so voids your war­ranty, so the M6e Black Edi­tion does not have the same flex­i­bil­ity as the Kingston drive.

The dis­ap­point­ing thing about the Plextor M6e Black Edi­tion is that it only sup­ports the PCIe 2.0 x2 in­ter­face. This means that its in­ter­face only has half the band­width of the Kingston HyperX Preda­tor and only a frac­tion of SSDs that sup­port PCIe 3.0 x4.

For­tu­nately, the Plextor M6e Black Edi­tion re­deems it­self in other ways. Plextor is gen­er­ally re­garded by en­thu­si­asts to be one of the more re­li­able SSDs brands around, and the rea­son for this is ap­par­ent once you learn about their rig­or­ous test­ing pro­ce­dures. Pre-pro­duc­tion units of Plextor’s SSDs are put through a se­ries of hard test­ing be­fore they can be ap­proved for re­tail. This in­clude a 100% burn-in and ag­ing test; a 48-hour long sus­tained read and write test; 250 times boot cy­cle test; and a 4000 time idle re­cov­ery test. This ex­plains why Plextor drives are gen­er­ally one of the most re­li­able around. On top of that, the Plextor M6e Black Edi­tion also sup­ports a host of Plextor tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing PlexTool, PlexTurbo, PlexVault, PlexCom­pres­sor, TrueSpeed and TruePro­tect. These help im­prove and main­tain drive per­for­mance, as well as al­low users to eas­ily mon­i­tor and up­grade their drive’s firmware.

These pins can be con­nected to your chas­sis' LED sta­tus in­di­ca­tors.

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