PLEXTOR M6E BLACK EDITION
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.