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So there you go. I just got this in the mail today. This is a fast drive, similar to the Corsair Performance Pro, Crucial M4, and the Samsung 830. It should be reliable in the long run. I am currently using it as a storage drive for my photos and hopefully it will speed up some of my editing time. smile.gif

Plextor PX-M3S Specs:

Capacities
  • 128GB - PX-128M3S
  • 256GB - PX-256M3S
  • 512GB - PX-512M3S
Performance
  • 128GB - 510MB/s read, 210MB/s write
  • 256GB - 510MB/s read, 360MB/s write
  • 512GB - 525MB/s read, 445MB/s write
Features
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • Marvell 9174 processor
  • Toshiba 24nm Toggle NAND
  • Buffer - 512MB (128GB capacity - 256MB)
  • Power Consumption (Typical) - 0.1W (Idle); 5W (Active)
  • Temperature (Operating) 32 ºF to 158 ºF (0 ºC to 70 ºC)
  • Temperature (Non-operating) -40ºF to 185 ºF (-40 ºC to 85 ºC)
  • Shock 1,500G/0.5 ms
  • Vibration (Operating) 7~800Hz, 2.17G (RMS)
  • MTBF 1.5 million hour
  • Warranty - 5 years
  • 2.5" form factor - includes 3.5" bracket and cloning software


Here are some quick pics.

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post #2 of 24
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What an awesome little drive.
post #3 of 24
Looks like a very fast drive too!
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post #4 of 24
Great numbers. Who needs to take chances on a Sandforce drive when we have all these better choices around.
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Just want to submit my numbers in comparison. First set is fresh installation without doing anything. After following Sean's guide to a certain extent, and installing all my programs, I ran the test one more time just to see if anything is terribly wrong.

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I am pretty happy with the drive. I think the improvement came from driver update. So please do that.

Reminder whoever bought this drive in newegg sales, turn in your rebates form!!
Edited by flexium - 1/31/12 at 10:32pm
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Can't believe I was $27 short of getting this mad.gif
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Sure is pretty. It's easily the nicest looking SSD I've seen.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

Can't believe I was $27 short of getting this mad.gif

lol. I am sorry to hear that. I am sure prices will continue to drop.
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Originally Posted by Lucas Lamer View Post

Sure is pretty. It's easily the nicest looking SSD I've seen.

There is actually a small flaw i found with it. With my CoolerMaster case, it has trays for putting in hard drive. I am pretty sure people have seen it before. The 2.5 to 3.5 bracket doesn't really fit in the tray. Either the bracket has a smaller screw hole or the tray has the wrong screw size. It just didn't fit right. But this is a fairly minor complaint.
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UPDATE:

I retested my M3 after taking it from a hot swap bay and using a better SATA cable and its 4K reads/writes went up! smile.gif

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

UPDATE:
I retested my M3 after taking it from a hot swap bay and using a better SATA cable and its 4K reads/writes went up! smile.gif

I'd be curious to see you swap cables back to the old one and retest to see if the numbers go back down.
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