Plex­tor M9pe(y)

Speed De­mon

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - By Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

Pre­viewed at last year’s Com­pu­tex and of­fi­cially launched in Jan­uary this year, the Plex­tor M9PE Se­ries comes in three form fac­tors: the naked M.2 form (M9PEGN), M.2 with heatsink (M9PE(G)), and the PCIE ver­sion (M9PE(Y)). Let’s take a look at the last model.

A glimpse of it, one could quickly as­sume that the M9PE(Y) is an ex­pan­sion card sim­i­lar to a sound card or a USB adapter. The card’s side that should face the rear slot open­ings of a PC cas­ing sim­ply con­sists of a metal grille. Mean­while, the en­tire front side of the printed cir­cuit board (PCB) is clad in a metal chas­sis with “fins” as part of the de­sign. This chas­sis can be re­moved by tak­ing off the screws, un­der­neath of which a rub­ber pad di­rectly touches the M9PE(Y)’S SSD card. The rub­ber pad, metal chas­sis, and the grille all work to­gether to cool the SSD pas­sively.

The M9PE(Y)’S SSD card is ba­si­cally the M9PEGN. It is at­tached to the M.2 slot on the card which has a PCIE 3.0 x4 in­ter­face. There are four prom­i­nent chips present on the card: the Marvell 88SS1093 con­troller, Nanya 1708 NT6CL128M32BM-H2 LPDDR3 512MB DRAM cache, and a pair of Toshiba TH58TFT1T23BEF 256GB NAND flash mem­ory chips.

Be­fore we pro­ceed to the benchmark re­sults, here are the com­po­nents that we em­ployed to test the M9PE(Y): an MSI B250M Ba­zooka Opt Boost moth­er­board, In­tel Core i7-7700 pro­ces­sor, MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gam­ing X 4G graph­ics card, 2x G.SKILL Tri­dent Z RGB 8GB DDR4 mem­ory mod­ules, and a CM MWE 650 Bronze PSU. Scores were com­pared to those of SATA 6Gbps SSDS which we al­ready re­viewed, namely the ADATA SP920SS (256GB) and the Plex­tor S3C (256GB), both of which were retested us­ing the com­po­nents that were men­tioned.

Be­gin­ning with Anvil’s Stor­age Util­i­ties, the M9PE(Y) reg­is­tered a se­quen­tial read speed of 2569.64Mbps, se­quen­tial write speed of 661.93Mbps, 4K read speed of 58.9Mbps, and 4K write speed of 1.56Mbps. Tak­ing note of the same bench­mark­ing units, the M9PE(Y) re­mained con­sis­tently fast in Crys­tald­iskmark (2418Mbps, 1982Mbps, 64.3Mbps, and 206.6Mbps) and in AS SSD Benchmark (1985.39Mbps, 741.04Mbps, 42.22Mbps, and 6.12Mbps. While the SP920SS and the S3C got im­pres­sive scores in th­ese bench­marks, they were eas­ily over­shad­owed by what the M9PE(Y) got.

As a stor­age so­lu­tion for gam­ing rigs, the M9PE(Y) can de­liver on its prom­ise, en­sur­ing that the OS, games, and other heavy apps will launch quickly. Just make sure that your board has an ex­tra slot for this speed de­mon.

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