Thursday, 1 March 2012

Plextor Unveils Some SSDs of Its Own, M3 Pro | Technology News

We've seen some rather peculiar, if not questionable, design and price choices with the first Buffalo SSDs and, now, we are looking at something more down to earth, so to speak.

We’ve just got word that Plextor has completed the M3 Pro series of solid state drives, based on the M3 line we covered back in December, 2011.

They seem to be more carefully envisioned, though we cannot say for sure what their selling odds are without the prices.

The company may be planning on shipping them as early as this month (March, 2012), but it has yet to say what each model costs.

There are three storage capacity options: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, all of which rely, predictably enough, on the SATA III interface, otherwise known as SATA 6.0 Gbps.

The thickness is of just 7mm, which makes them particularly well suited for slim laptops, like Ultrabooks.

In fact, we would not be surprised to see that type of mobile PC using these SSDs and the ULV Ivy Bridge CPUs that got exposed earlier.

That said, Plextor managed to combine Toshiba's 24nm Toggle NAND flash memory chips and a Marvell 88SS9174 controller, plus the Tru Speed technology.

The results were random read/write speed of 70,000/69,000 IOPS and up to 540MB/s and 450MB/s sequential read/write.

Finally, the True Speed technology has another important effect: it maintains high-level performance consistent, even when the drive has been running for a long time.

The company sells each solid state drive with on-site warranty and service support for no less than 5 years. The most likely buyers are system integrators, gamers, power users, business users and everyone else who wants top of the line performance and efficiency.

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