Model: Plextor S3C 256GB 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 Computex show, Plextor launched its new S3 series SSDs. Available in two form factors, the S3 series includes the M.2 2280 S3G and the company's latest 2.5-inch SSD, the S3C. These entry-level devices are powered SMI's SM2254 controller and are available with up to 512GB of SK Hynix's 14nm TLC NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with TLC NAND, the S3 series is equipped with Plextor's PlexNitro cache acceleration technology, which optimizes performance without taking up any space on the drive. The S3G and S3C also have many of the same features found on Plextor's higher end SSDs. In addition to the company's PlexTurbo intelligent RAM caching solution, the drives offer support for its PlexCompressor and PlexVault technologies.

The S3C is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. For this review, Plextor sent us the 256GB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 510 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 90,000 random read and 71,000 random write IOPS.

   Plextor S3C 256GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PX-256S3C
Capacity 256GB
NAND Flash SK Hynix 14nm TLC
Controller SMI SM2254
Cache 512MB DDR3
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 550 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 510 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 90,000 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 71,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
DC Requirement 5V / 1.5A
Temperature (Operating) 0°C ~ 70°C / 32°F ~ 158°F
Shock 1500G (Max.), at 1 msec half-sine
Vibration (Operating) 7 ~ 800Hz, 3.08Grms
MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 70TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100 mm x 69.85 mm x 6.8 mm
Weight 60g

Other Features
PlexTurbo, PlexCompressor, PlexVault and PlexNitro technologies
Supports latest LDPC technology to guarantee data integrity
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the S3C 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 S3C have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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