Model: Plextor M8Se 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 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 nearly twenty years, 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 an assortment of high-performance DVD and Blu-ray drives, the company offers a growing number of solid state drives.

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Plextor unveiled its first TLC NAND-based PCIe SSD, the M8Se. Targeted at entry-level gamers, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Marvell's 88SS1093 "Eldora" controller and is available with up to 1TB of Toshiba's 15nm TLC NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with TLC NAND, the M8Se uses Plextor's exclusive PlexNitro cache acceleration technology to optimize performance without taking up any space on the drive. The M8Se is also equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.2 interface to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than SATA SSDs.

The M8Se is offered in a wide range of capacities and not one or two, but three different configurations. The drive is available by itself in the M.2 2280 form factor (M8SeGN), with a small aluminum heatsink (M8SeG) and as a PCIe add-in card (M8SeY) that's equipped with an extra large heatsink and LED lighting. For this review, Plextor sent us the bare 512GB M.2 version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 2,450 MB/s sequential read and 1,000 MB/s sequential write speeds along with up to 210,000 random read and 175,000 random write IOPS.

   Plextor M8Se 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PX-512M8SeGN
Capacity 512GB
NAND Flash Toshiba 15nm Super High Performance TLC
Controller Marvell 88SS1093
Cache 1024MB LPDDR3
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2

Sequential Read 2,450 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,000 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 210,000 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 175,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
Power Requirement DC 3.3V 3.0A (Max.)
Temperature (Operating) 0°C ~ 70°C / 32°F ~ 158°F
Shock 1500G (Max.), at 1 msec half-sine
Vibration (Operating) 7 ~ 800Hz, 1.63Grms
MTBF >1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 320TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 80 x 22 x 2.3 mm
Weight 10g

Other Features
Supports Plextor's PlexNitro, True Speed and True Protect technologies
Latest LDPC technology to guarantee data accuracy
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the M8Se has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Plextor's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the M8Se have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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