Plextor M3S Series SSD Marches to the Beat of Its Own Technology

Paul Lilly

Plextor's new M3S Series of solid state drives rely on server-grade controllers from Marvell and 24nm NAND flash memory from Toshiba to do the heavy lifting, but when it comes to finessing file transfers, Plextor gives equal credit to its own exclusive firmware with True Speed technology and proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies. All of these fancy terms combine to "prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented," Plextor says.

Out of the box, the M3S Series are rated to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 525MB/s and 445MB/s, respectively, and random read and write speeds of up to 70,000 IOPS and 65,000 IOPS, respectively.

Plextor is also touting high reliability with these SSDs. The company says it subjects each drive to a 20 hour high temperature burn-in test and an intense simulation of real world environments to weed out the weak links. The result is a 0.59 percent average annual failure rate.

"The M3S has all of the key components Plextor strives for – fast performance, the latest technology, reliability, and quality. It’s not just speed that matters to Plextor, but high performance that can be sustained after years of intensive use and continuous operation." said Christine Hsing , Marketing Manager.

The M3S Series will first be made available in 128GB ($200) and 256GB ($350) capacities in late November. A 512GB ($700) model will ship in the first quarter of 2012.

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