Model: Plextor M6V 512GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Plextor
Provided By: Plextor LLC

As one of the biggest names in the storage industry, Plextor doesn't need much of an introduction. For more than a decade, they've produced some of the best optical drives the industry has seen. Known the world over for their quality, performance, and features, these drives have become favorites among consumers and professionals alike. Today, Plextor continues to lead the way by bringing cutting edge storage technologies to market. Along with a vast assortment of high-performance DVD and Blu-ray drives, the company offers NAS devices, external hard drives and a growing number of solid state drives.

At this year's Computex show, Plextor launched its new V series SSDs. Along with the mSATA M6MV and M.2 M6GV, this multi-form factor lineup includes the company's latest 2.5-inch SSD, the M6V. This new mainstream SSD is powered by Silicon Motion's SM2246EN controller and is equipped with Toshiba's 15nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND to provide up to 535 MB/s read and 455 MB/s write speeds. The M6V also features Plextor's exclusive PlexTurbo smart caching technology, which uses system RAM to extend the drive's lifespan and push its performance beyond the bandwidth limitations of the SATA interface.

The M6V is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. For this review, Plextor sent us the 512GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 535 MB/s sequential read and 455 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 83,000 random read and 80,000 random write IOPS.

   Plextor M6V 512GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PX-512M6V
Capacity 512GB
Flash Type Toshiba 15nm MLC Toggle NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2246EN
Cache 512MB DDR3
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 535 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 455 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 83,000 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 80,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
Power Consumption 0.25W (MobileMark)
DC Requirement 5V / 2.0A
Temperature (Operating) 32 ºF to 158 ºF (0 ºC to 70 ºC)
Shock 1500G, 1 ms
Vibration (Operating) 7~800Hz, 2.17Grms
MTBF 1.5 million hours

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 69.85 mm x 100 mm x 6.8 mm
Weight 70g

Other Features
Supports PlexTurbo smart caching technology
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the M6V has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Plextor's new SSD and then see how well it performs.  Does the M6V have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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