The drives tested on our storage testbed, has the following system specifications:
The list of SSDs tested are as follows:
The new Plextor M5 Pro will be pitted against the current bumper crop of ultra-quick SandForce drives and this includes the new Intel SSD 520 Series and the Transcend SATA III SSD720. Also, it will be interesting to see how the M5 Pro matches up against the OCZ Vertex 4, which we have speculated to be using the same Marvell 88SS9187 controller. We’ve also included a year-old Plextor M2S SSD. Although targeted at more mainstream users, this drive uses the older Marvel 88S9174 controller (like the Crucial M4), and would be a good reference against the M5 Pro.
Also, a note to add is that updating firmware on the Plextor drives is a troublesome process because it requires you to write the firmware to a writeable CD or DVD and then booting from it. Seeing that Transcend, OCZ and Kingmax all have much simpler updating procedures which require users to only download an update utility, we can’t see why Plextor couldn’t do the same.
The list of benchmarks used are as follows: