Plextor, the leading Storage solution provider, and a subsidiary company of LITE-ON, has been on the market since 1989. Entered the SSD market and introduced its first SSD, PX-M1, in 2009. As it had grown further, the contribution in consumer grade SSD increased and with the fastest SATA 3.0 6Gb/s SSD, it became one of the top SSD manufacturer around the globe. Being a World-Leading developer, Plextor has only strived to offer high performance product to price with uncompromising quality.
Plextor being professional SSD developer entered the NVMe M.2 market in 2013 and with induction of M8Pe, Plextor became the stronger competitor. With the new impression in storage performance, the NVMe M.2, the performance levels have been massively increased, which silently proving its significance and replacing the 500 MB/s SATA SSDs in some usability sectors. Having being new and improved technology, it offers the blazing fast speed starts from 1300 MB/s and reaches up to 3200 MB/s.
The M8Pe series has delivered top-notch performance with quality being certified. The M8PeGN was my first experience and true to that, it surprised me with its outstanding performance in said category, which is why I am vouching for M8Pe SSD. Now, when the newly released M9Pe series is on the market, I am indeed very lucky to have my hands on M9PeG. Courtesy Plextor.
Today, I am taking a look at the Plextor M9PeG 256GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD. The SSD comes in a capacity model of 256GB, taking the interface protocol of M.2 with Gen 3 x4 as the fastest gen to date. A drive with M.2280 form factor, TLC 3D NAND technology accompanied with a flagship Marvell88ss1093 controller guaranteed the ultra-fast and reliable results out of the box. The dimension measures at 80.00 x 22.80 x 4.70 mm and weighing at 13gm.
M9Pe comes in 3 different capacities: 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Aesthetics and Functionality in One Cool Design::
The Plextor M9Pe SSD series features aesthetics and functionality in one streamlined design and extraordinary heat sink that catches every PC gamers’ fancy. The highly efficient cooling fins design helps immediately dissipate heat generated by high speed data transmissions, maintaining optimal system performance.
Designed for the Best Gaming Experience
With the adoption of the latest NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x 4 super high-speed transmission interface, the new M9Pe delivers low latencies, sequential read/write speeds up to 3,200 / 2,100 MB/s and random read/write speeds up to 400,000 / 300,000 IOPS. No matter what you use it for, work, entertainment ,or extreme PC gaming, the M9Pe is undoubtedly the best choice you will ever make.
Superior Quality 3D NAND and Firmware Technologies
The Plextor M9Pe series is equipped with high-performance 64-layer 3D NAND flash and flagship controller chip. Combined with the latest LDPC error correction technology and proprietary cache optimization technology, PlexNitro, the M9Pe delivers ultra high-performance, durability, and stability and reliability.
The SSD was shipped in a small cardboard box, specifically designed for M9PeG. Plextor has improved the packaging from last time simplest tray type to this new colorful box which reflects the premium membership backed with this new line up.
The 165mm wide box contains Plextor logo at top left corner, and a colorful SSD model No. at lower part, additionally, some standout features, warranty and Capacity info is exhibiting. The SSD can be seen by look inside frame in the middle offering a primary look to the drive.
The backside of the box is quite expected; the specifications I can witness down the side. The True speed and True protect logos are placed at bottom left corner and that’s to increase the knowledge, for your information, Plextor is the one who introduced True speed and True protect advancement back in days.
One of the side portion has the clerical information, such as P/N no. and a big sticker in white contains Barcoded information with Serial No., model no. and manufacturing detail.
Inside the box, I have a plastic tray type packaging, which reveals the SSD and by opening it, and SSD is revealing. It looks to me a solid new addition to the NVMe M.2 model in the series by Plextor. Last time, I got a chance to review Plextor M8PeGN, a non-heatsink type SSD, but today, I am very lucky to have this newly released SSD with a Plextor’s own heatsink in particular, definitely made it special to me. However, I am still one hit away to their prestigious NVMe PCIe SSD so called RGB style SSD. Yes, you heard me right, Plextor has an amazing induction to M9Pe lineup, the flagship M9PeY RGB SSD. With RGB effect on the SSD heatsink, Plextor becomes the first one to offering an RGB SSD. Great, isn’t it? Absolutely. Anyways, I haven’t got my hands on that unprecedented development, but hopefully, I will in future.
Looking at the Top, the SSD offers a great deal of heatsink having a logo on extreme left. Manufacturers using this form of heatsinks to help bring down the thermals and to control them to a reasonable level. Quality wise, I feel it is as good as the competitor I have tested a while ago. See the thermal results in later chapter.
The extreme right end of the drive has the gold strings that goes right into M.2 slot on the motherboard; it generally called M.2 interface protocol. The other end of the drive grips the standoff and by using a screw, users can fix down the SSD. This doesn’t mean it won’t work with an open, the fact is, it only needs to connect to the M.2 interface protocol to work, however, fixed down to avoid interference with the Graphics Card, it’s a worthy privilege, too.
The drive has the simplest look at the backside. A huge white barcoded sticker with the many informational categories on it such as company name, manufacturing region, model, serial number etc.
Under the heatsink, thermal pads in white is being placed in the middle of them. to intact the heatsink with the chip, these pads are used.
Heatsink vs Non-Heatsink SSD
This is many people’s question, So, I could have a say on it. During the operations, thermal behavior of SSD changes more or heavy task would increase the heat output and the thermals. With being heatsink on it, an SSD would easily maintains the temperature at a preset level, which has been designed and tested by manufacturer. As a results, less heat would be generated hence stable performance. Also the fact, not every heatsink is effectively designed and/or work for the said purpose. So, it’s a very picky option and Plextor heatsink in question is definitely one of the good options out there. Furthermore, a shield or heatsink enhances the life of an SSD; the longer durability, which ultimately produce even less chance of losing any crucial data on your SSD.
On the other hand, a non-heatsink NVMe storage device not guarantee its thermal stability, especially during heavy operations. It might go beyond the limit and soon begins to throttle, which eventually results in slowing down or delaying the operations. Even some SSDs do crosses 80c or 90c, which in the long run, kills the drive.
In addition to the highest compatibility and uncompromised quality, Plextor offers an exclusive Cache acceleration technology, PlexNitro, which helps storage drive to accelerate the Read & Write speed to completely new levels, especially during the heavy tasks given to it. A TLC SSD offers triple layer Cell processing which in general has a slothful writing speed, but with a pre-enabled Cache Acceleration program, the write speed significantly improved and delivers a stable all-around performance. Thanks to PlexNitro, a built-in program that auto configure or maneuver the Plextor SSD, is far from discomfort.
The PlexNitro opens up more room for high performance and literally, uncover the paramount capabilities of the SSD. This exclusive performance boosting technology, specifically, designed for the Plextor SSDs therefore, only Plextor SSD would be benefitted from this technology.
- Asrock Z170 i7 Gaming Professional
- Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz (Stock) Processor
- HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz (Sponsored by Kingston)
- Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Graphics Card
- Seagate 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
- Enermax Revolution X’T II 650W GOLD PSU (Sponsored by Kingston)
- Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler (Sponsored by Noctua)
Synthetic Tests Real world benchmarks:
- AS SSD 2.0v Benchmark
- Crystal DiskMark 5.5v Benchmark
- HD Tune Pro 5.50v Utility
- File-Copy test (using files and folders)
- Uncompression test (Winrar 5.50v 64bit)
As for comparison, I have compared sample SSD with following SSDs.
- XPG Gammix S10 NVMe,
- Plextor M8PeGN 256GB NVMe, and
- Samsung 850 EVO 256GB SATA III SSD.
Finally, we have the results and it starts with AS SSD benchmark, which is toughest benchmark to bring the desire results because it uses uncompressed form of data to manufacture results. In AS SSD benchmark, M9PeG boasted a high 2590 MB/s sequential read and 1014 MB/s Sequential write. With the lowest 0.021 ns access time and better overall score, it placed right at top of the chart.
Ran copy test of same benchmark. Speed in MB/s – higher is better and duration in seconds – lower is better.
Next is the Crystal DiskMark benchmark. Where Plextor M9PeG has maxed out the numbers with an aggressive 2958 MB/s read, while 1057 MB/s sequential write. Both the blocks further followed with same sequence and leading the chart by beating Adata and its own predecessor NVMe SSD. Here, the difference between a 2.5” SATA III SSD and an M.2 SSD clarifies why NVMe development is so amazing.
The HD tune Pro results are very simple, the Transfer speed resulted around 1250 MB/s on average. While the file benchmark produced top speed.
Real world File copy Test
I further tested the drive to exhibit real world performance. Arranged a large, uncompressed game setup folder containing many files. Additionally, I used a block of Audio and videos plus, the HD movies folder for enhanced testing. The methodology of this test is: to first copy the game setup and media folders from SSD to NVMe M.2, the speed variation plus, the duration of copying will be recorded in the sheet. The other aspect is to copy the file from the blazing fast drive, M9PeG, and throw it into the destination device, this time it’s Samsung 850 EVO for comparative performance analysis.
It took about 124 seconds to copy a 31GB Game setup folder from 850 EVO to M.2 SSD at an average speed of 350 MB/s. Keep in mind, the possible bottleneck of a SATA III SSD being slow in the competition takes on NVMe SSD is present. However, with M.2 being source and destination both would replicate an entirely a different story.
To prove the aforementioned point, I copied the same file from M9PeG NVMe as Source and sent back to Samsung 850 EVO SSD, which resulted about 103 seconds to transfer the same folder at an average speed of 645 MB/s.
Copying speed and time consumption generally depends on both sources’ built/performance. With much better and fast source Drive, the destination drive would produce much better read performance. So in order to achieve 800+ copying speed one do need same or better model of source SSD.
Uncompression Test – WinRAR 5.5v
Next is the uncompression test where M9PeG NVMe, 850 EVO SSD and Mechanical Hard disk put into write test. A 4.45GB Media folder in a compressed form placed in sample drive and begin to uncompressed sequence, which took around 30 seconds for NVMe to write the files/folder. However, when same task given to Samsung 850 EVO 256GB SSD and Seagate 1TB HDD, it replicated around 42 and 100 seconds respectively. Not a huge difference between SATA III SSD and NVMe drive but better and leading, nonetheless.
Another, yet a large compressed file brought to test the M.2 SSD and compared it with Samsung 850 EVO and Seagate 1TB SATA HDD. Arranged a gaming files in compressed version of 12.4GB contained a game setup. Started off with uncompressing in M9PeG which took 68 seconds (1 minute and 8 seconds), while Samsung 850 EVO passed this test with 90 seconds (1 minute and 30 seconds) and HDD has not even in the range of faster devices, managed to done the assigned task in 313 seconds (5 minutes and 13 seconds) showing outdated mechanical function. Plextor M9PeG NVMe is a clear winner here.
Thoughts on Thermal Behavior.
Finally, the temperature readings. Let’s not forget on build as Plextor M9PeG being heatsink SSD and it comparatively better result-oriented than a non-heatsink unit. So given the circumstances, I applied various workload on M9PeG like Transfer folders containing large files, uncompressing game setup file, synthetic benchmarks and some portion of video games, which afterward given around 66C max temperature reading on thermals, a decent and satisfying thermal results when compares to a non-heatsink NVMe M.2 SSD. overall this drive has impressed me in almost all aspect.
First off the build is excellent. The M9PeG is one justification of its high tech work. Having being 3D NAND technology inside the block, M9PeG offers highly durable M.2 drive without compromising the speedy performance, also, the fact being using flagship Marvell88ss1093 controller, the results are magnificent. With pre-enabled advanced True Speed and True protect technologies, M9PeG promises a good speed and a long life.
Coming to performance, the NVMe SSD with Marvell88ss1093 controller guaranteeing the high Sequential read and write speed being advertised on website, too. For 256GB model, company claimed 3000 MB/s as read while 1000 on write block, which practically, has nearly/almost proved to be accurate. I said ‘nearly’ because under my testing specs/procedure, it manages to obtained 2958 MB/s which is marginally below to the advertised numbers. However, write spectrum has been perfect, and even exceeding by 17 MB/s speed. So considering the claim, the product is almost mirroring it. Additionally, it has shown an outstanding copying speed when compares to typical SATA III SSD. Results showed more than 200 MB/s difference over Samsung 850 EVO SSD. And why even this difference matters? Because where programmers need large volume of files to transfer, this NVMe M.2 would deliver more efficient results with gigantic speed and quickest loading times. Where the SATA III SSD struggles, NVMe M.2 shines.
As for the thermal behavior, the Plextor’s heatsink has deliver what is meant to be. The SSD manages to restrict temperatures at around 65C on a work load applied on it, which is considered a very good, especially when it comes to M.2 drive. So the appearance segment does look great being reconciling with red and black theme motherboard.
SATA III SSD vs HDD vs NVME M.2
On point, which storage unit should you prefer for your gaming and programming need, I reckon, it’s a long discussion topic on Pak Gamers and has been going on and on. Well, HDD is just great for huge storage like games with over 50GB + sizes, while SSDs, specifically NVMe M.2 have offered blazing fast speed with exceptional access time over HDD. However, NVMe M.2 over SSD doesn’t offered huge difference in performance, but the synthetic benchmarks tell a different story all the way.
If take gaming load times, where it takes mini seconds to set a scene, a matured technology of SATA III SSD has already been matured and delivers way above optimal. That’s being said, NVMe M.2 drives especially perform great where workload involves huge amount of continuous writes and time is key in your books. With NVMe M.2 being the fastest drive on consumer grade, the pricing has also gone descent since a few years, that is now affordable to gamers and all other consumers.
Lastly, you’ll never go wrong with a good NVMe M.2 drive running in your high end machine.
Price and Availability
Selling at $123 on Newegg.com, the Plextor M9PeG has targeted big segments of outcomes mainly the performance with blazing fast speed in sequential read, and additionally, the heatsink performance is, nevertheless, quite satisfying.
The MSRP of M9Pe series is as under:
You will find the sample SSD on newegg in below link:
Plextor M9PeG 256GB NVMe Heatsink SSD – Newegg
You may also check out the price tag for 512 GB and 1TB capacity on newegg.
Plextor M9Pe All Models – Newegg
Now, why would any of you be interested in Plextor’s SSD? It’s no complicated at all, because when it comes to market popularity, Plextor has its own reputation and I’d appreciate them for being one of the best in the business. I truly believe that Plextor is one great alternative to the most expensive V-NAND units. If Plextor M9PeG 256GB model is boasting 3000 MB/s in $123 bucks, while competitor’s similar units with $200 mark for a couple hundred more MB/s, is genuinely not an ideal deal, if you ask me. Where I think Plextor M9PeG 256GB at MSRP $123 is a steal and with 5 years’ warranty backup on your purchase is a big, big plus. Therefore, if you’re looking for package deal, Plextor M9PeG 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD is recommended.