Plextor M7V M.2 (2280) SSD
SSDs these days are definitely becoming a dime a dozen. There are a lot to choose from, and unlike traditional HDDs, these storage devices are constantly evolving, which new iterations having faster sequential read and write speeds. With Plextor's M7V SSD, that very fact rings true with its M.2 (2280) SSD form factor.
Much like Kingston and Corsair, Plextor is a brand that's pretty well known for the reliability of its storage components. Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that this particular M.2 SSD was made to not just read and write at sequential speeds faster than the majority of competitor's SSDs, but it's also one of the few to offer storage capacities that are slightly larger than the majority of SSDs as well.
The slight increment is due to the fact that the M7V M.2 (2280) is one of the few models that uses the latest generation Marvell controller, along with Toshiba's new 15nm TLC NAND flash.
On CrystalDiskMark (CDM), we put the M7V M.2 (2280) on our regular set of test runs, with five sequences at speeds of 1,000MB/s and 4,000MB/s, and nine sequences at the same speeds as well. Unsurprisingly, the M7V M.2 (2280) was consistent with its sequential read and write speeds on all CDM test, holding an average 560MB/s on its read speeds, and 530MB/s on its write speeds.
On PCMark 8, the M7V M.2 (2280) completed the storage benchmark of the program with a score of 4,912.
For our large file transfer test, we subjected the M7V M.2 (2280) to transferring varying file sizes of 1GB, 4GB, 25GB, and 40GB. Much like an M.2 (2280) that we reviewed in the previous issue of HWM Malaysia, the times of which this SSD completed the transfers for the four files were relatively similar. Both the 1GB and 4GB files finished their transfers in approximately 14 seconds and 31 seconds respectively, while the bigger 25GB and 40GB files completed their transfer times in approximately five minutes for both the files.
Again, one of the benefits of having an SSD is the blazing-fast boot-up speeds that these components possess. During testing, we took several of our most data-heavy games to run directly from the M7V M.2 (2280), including Dragon Age: Inquisition (DA:I), Cities: Skyline, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. On average, DA:I went from the home screen directly into our game within 26 seconds, while Cities: Skyline and The Witcher 3 took a tad longer at approximately 36 seconds for both games. by
128GB, 256GB (Tested), 512GB
AT A GLANCE
The score is pretty much on par for an M.2 SSD. CONCLUSION