Plextor M9Pe(G) NVMe 512GB M.2 SSD Review

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Plextor has indeed been busy ramping up its offerings for high-performance storage solutions, and what we’ve seen last January was just the thing for it. Three new products in the M9Pe banner, one PCIe add in card M9PeY RGB, and two M.2 models – the M9Pe(G) and the M9PeGN. Sure, Plextor’s naming conventions might be confusing at first glance, but don’t let that distract you from its capabilities. What we have here at the moment is the M9Pe(G) in the flesh, an M.2 NVMe 512GB SSD that’s complete with a thermal heatsink.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
PERFORMANCE
Sequential Read Speed*Up to 3,200 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed*Up to 2,000 MB/s
Random Read Speed*Up to 340,000 IOPS
Random Write Speed*Up to 280,000 IOPS
ENVIRONMENT AND RELIABILITY
Power RequirementDC 3.3V 2.5A (Max.)
Temperature0°C ~ 70°C / 32°F ~ 158°F (Operating)
MTBF>1,500,000 Hours
Endurance (TBW)320
Warranty5 years
COMPATIBILITY
Operating System SupportedMicrosoft Windows 8.1, 10/ Linux OS
Agency ApprovalUL, TUV, FCC, CE, BSMI, VCCI, RCM, KCC, EAC, ROHS, WHQL
Command Set SupportTRIM, S.M.A.R.T, IO queue, NVMe command
InterfaceM.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 with NVM Express
Firmware UpgradeSupported
FORM FACTOR AND CONNECTORS
Form FactorM.2 2280
Power ConnectorM.2 connector for DC 3.3V input
Data ConnectorM.2 Connector
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Dimension (L/W/H)80.00 x 22.00 x 2.30 mm / 3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inch
Weight (Max.)10g / 0.35 oz
PRICE
256GB$150
512GB$247
1TB$460

PACKAGING

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Plextor is definitely one for packaging, a trend we’ve seen as of late starting with the company’s M6e Black Edition. That’s just the thing of class. The M9Pe(G) on the other hand is a bit colorful in packaging so to speak, with some of the elements looking familiar. You’ll probably notice this from the get-go.
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Once you open up the box, you’ll be met with the M.2 SSD itself, together with a single piece screw to give you an extra in case you’ve lost the one in your motherboard. No manuals where we’re going. It’s as straightforward as it gets anyway.

DESIGN

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As mentioned, Plextor does have two M.2 offerings in the M9e series. The M9PeGN is the bare M.2 unit, while what we have right here is the cool one with the heatsink.  Anyway, the M9Pe(G) is comes with an aesthetically pleasing heatsink that would make a perfect match for your black and red themed rig. No RGB here, mind you. That (non)glory belongs to the flagship M9PeY PCIe M.2 SSD, which could be your thing if you’re one for rainbow flower powers. Of course, it’s not just for aesthetics. Not only does it look great, the heatsink also helps dissipate heat during workloads for long term usage.
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Now, on to the specifics, the M9Pe(G) is an M.2 2280 SSD. It measures 80.00 x 22.80 x 4.70 mm, and it weighs about 13g. The heatsink adds up around 3g from the bare 10g M9PeGN, just to put it out there if you’re wondering how much the heatsink weighs.

PERFORMANCE

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Needless to say, ur expectations were indeed very high coming in. We've seen how the company's M8Pe series performed, and to put that up further with its claim of up to 3,200MB/s sequential read and up to 2,000 MB/s write. So, let's get this on with a couple of benchies.

Crystal Disk Mark

We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.
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AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark is one of the standards when it comes to storage benchmarking, and it reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. It can also measure in IOPS in addition to MB/s.
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ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.
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Real World Performance

For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.
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CONCLUSION

Plextor aims its M9 series straight at high-end users and enthusiasts looking to get the best available in the market. No question there - Plextor's M9Pe(G) indeed brings blisteringly fast speeds and high capacity storage that doesn't come with compromises. Simply put, if you have the budget to spend, the Plextor M9Pe(G) is easily one of the best options you can get your hands on today.

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