Model: Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB 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. To keep ahead of the competition, Plextor has continued to lead the way, bringing cutting edge technologies to market. Today, their product lineup includes a number of high performance DVD and Blu-ray Disc writers, many with features found nowhere else.

With Plextor facing increased competition from optical drive manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan, the company has set its sights on the lucrative solid-state drive (SSD) market. This spring, Plextor released its first line of SSDs, the 64GB PX-64M1S and 128GB PX-128M1S. Designed by Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS), these two MLC-based SSDs utilize Marvell's 88SS8014-BHP2 controller chip as well as 64MB of on-board cache. Both drives also feature Plextor's unique wear leveling and garbage collection technologies and come bundled with Acronis True Image software.

For this review, Plextor sent us the PX-128M1S. Slightly faster than the PX-64M1S, this SSD is capable of delivering up to 130MB/s sequential read and 70MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 4,300 random read and 1,800 random write IOPS.

   Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Capacity 128GB
Flash Type Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Controller Marvell 88SS8014-BHP2
Cache 64MB
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA II 3Gb/s

Sequential Read 130 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 70 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 4,300 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 1,800 Max

S.M.A.R.T. Support Yes
MTBF 1.5 million hours
Warranty 3 years

Power Management
DC Input Voltage 5V
Standby (idle watts) 0.25w
Read (peak watts) 0.75w
Write (peak watts) 0.75w

Operating Temperature 0 to 70 ºC
Shock 1500G, 0.5 ms
Humidity 5% to 95%
Altitude -400 to 24,384 meters

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 2.75 x 0.3 x 4.0 inch
Weight 80g

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the PX-128M1S has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Plextor's new 128GB SSD and then see how well it performs.  Does the PX-128M1S have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Plextor? Keep reading as we find out.

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