Plex­tor M7V M.2 (2280) SSD

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - John Law

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

Form Fac­tor

M.2 (2280)






The score is pretty much on par for an M.2 SSD. CON­CLU­SION

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