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Plextor, a leading producer of digital storage devices, is announcing launch of its new M6S solid-state drive (SSD). The M6S replaces the top-selling M5S, and boasts improvements in every aspect of the drive. The most popular capacity, the 128GB model, features write speeds that are a 50% improvement over the M5S, and is housed in a slimmer 7mm form factor to allow it to also fit into newer generation notebook PCs.

The Plextor M6S offers sequential read speeds of up to 520 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 440 MB/s, with random 4K read and write speeds of up to an impressive 94,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS, respectively. As far as power efficiency, the M6S allows users to realize a power savings of 30-50% over the M5S. In DEVSLP (device sleep) mode, the M6S’s power requirements drop to a miserly 2 mW.

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@Sean Webster, need an upgrade? wink.gif Pretty sure one variant of the M6 is going to be M.2 and release with a PCIe adapter for desktop users. How it will stand up to other Marvell drives (e.g. Crucial everything and several SanDisk drives) remains to be seen, but Plextor has a good track record.
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I want over 500MB/s 4k read and 4GB/s sequential speeds!
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That 512MB version looks awfully great for my laptop.
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I want over 500MB/s 4k read and 4GB/s sequential speeds!

Gonna have to wait for Sata 4 or whatever its gonna be called.
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Gonna have to wait for Sata 4 or whatever its gonna be called.

arn't all ssd made in the past 2 years bottlenecked heavely by sata 3 interface anyway? they seem to plateau at 480-500mb/s read and write speed?
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I want over 500MB/s 4k read and 4GB/s sequential speeds!

Build yourself a RAM disk or get enough RAM for your desktop? Of course then you're limited by the CPU/memory controller and nothing hurts more than seeing your RAM disk held back by your ancient CPU. Personally, I'd love for someone to make a 128GB DDR3 or better drive with a SSD to image to and just have it rsync on an interval back to that drive only if changes had been made. Long life and blazing performance right there. But oh the wallet hurt.

On topic: So how long are we going to have to wait until SATA4 or that whole SATA-Express thing happens?
     
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So the Crucial M550 uses 9189 controller while this uses 9188.. this also "appears" to lose out on the random IOPS. I wasn't impressed with M550, not sure what this brings to the table?
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So the Crucial M550 uses 9189 controller while this uses 9188.. this also "appears" to lose out on the random IOPS. I wasn't impressed with M550, not sure what this brings to the table?

Firmware is extremely important in Marvell and LAMD drives, and SandForce to a lesser extent. Toggle NAND is the good stuff though, something Crucial isn't using (since Micron and Intel make their own) which might change things. Realistically, it's all about consistent performance.

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Build yourself a RAM disk or get enough RAM for your desktop? Of course then you're limited by the CPU/memory controller and nothing hurts more than seeing your RAM disk held back by your ancient CPU. Personally, I'd love for someone to make a 128GB DDR3 or better drive with a SSD to image to and just have it rsync on an interval back to that drive only if changes had been made. Long life and blazing performance right there. But oh the wallet hurt.

On topic: So how long are we going to have to wait until SATA4 or that whole SATA-Express thing happens?

You mean like this? I'm on my phone so the link is probably broken so here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-RAM

M.2 is set to launch this year. Mushkin actually has a RAID card with 2x240GB drives out now. It's just bottlenecked - PCIe 2.0 x2 - and expensive - $500 - so you'd be better off with RAID SATA drives. SATA Express? I have no idea, but it isn't nearly as exciting! biggrin.gif
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SATA Express - same speeds as M.2.
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That 512MB version looks awfully great for my laptop.
512MB SSD sounds terrible
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