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[AnandTech] Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) Review

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Due to our positive experience with Plextor's SSDs, I've been super excited about the M3 Pro's successor: the M5 Pro. Plextor is the first SSD manufacturer to use Marvell's new 88SS9187 controller, which is paired with Toshiba's brand new 19nm Toggle-Mode MLC NAND. I can't lie, I've been looking forward to reviewing the M5 Pro for quite a while. Ever since the M3 Pro review, I've been waiting for something faster. The M5S was merely an incremental update with different NAND and new firmware; it didn't bring any major performance improvements. The M5 Pro should eliminate the possible bottlenecks created by Marvell's 9174 but as there are currently no other Marvell 9187 based SSDs (OCZ Vertex 4 and Agility 4 may be, but there hasn't been any confirmation on the exact silicon), it's rather hard to know what to expect. Given the performance of the M3 Pro, the bar has been set high and if the M5 Pro is faster than M3 Pro, we may be looking at the fastest SATA 6Gbps SSD on the market.

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Looks like it's nothing really special. It will be interesting to see if Crucial can do any better with their next iteration of drives.
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Next week I will be doing a big upgrade to my main rig, and after looking at reviews, I'v decided I will be going for an M4 seems like one of the best for the price range I'm looking.

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The speed isn't much of an increase over their M3Pro series, but a much greater IOPS increase + new controller & nand is worth the upgrade imo. thumb.gif After getting a Plex ssd I wouldn't recommend any other brand. Also, you can't beat a 5-year warranty.
    
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At this point pretty much any recent SSD is a good SSD, especially when compared to HDDs. So price point and reliability really do become the determining factors. If I had to buy a drive in the next month or so, it would be either a Samsung 830 or a Crucial m4.

The M5 Pro is a fine drive, but it looks like performance for all SSDs is running up against a wall, so not a breakout hit. Definitely in the top 4 though strictly on performance.
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Originally Posted by zinfinion View Post

At this point pretty much any recent SSD is a good SSD, especially when compared to HDDs. So price point and reliability really do become the determining factors. If I had to buy a drive in the next month or so, it would be either a Samsung 830 or a Crucial m4.
The M5 Pro is a fine drive, but it looks like performance for all SSDs is running up against a wall, so not a breakout hit. Definitely in the top 4 though strictly on performance.

I concur that the current SSDs all have impressive numbers along with lower issues. At the same time, the deals, and prices on SSDs has been a driving factor for ppl to jump onto a SSD coming from a HDD and upgrading to a much better SSD.

with so many players in the market, the expectations of many is high for SSDs in getting a fast quality SSD at a good deal.
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V4 still seems better for an OS drive(compressible data) but if you're going to encrypt the drive or use it to run games off of, the M5 definitely beats the V4.
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Pretty much mirrors the Tweaktown review. The M5Pro is barely faster than the M3Pro in synthetics and isn't any faster in real-world use. One of the reasons why I bought two M3pro's instead of M5Pro's in addition to Plextor taking forever to get the drive to retailers outside Asia.
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decision, decision, is M5P worth $ 30 more than the M3P?? I planning to buy one of those
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