Model: Plextor M9Pe 256GB 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 latest PCIe SSD, the M9Pe. Optimized for high-level PC gaming, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Marvell's 88SS1093 "Eldora" controller and is available with up to 1TB of Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with TLC NAND, the M9Pe uses Plextor's exclusive PlexNitro cache acceleration technology to optimize performance without taking up any space on the drive. The M9P is also equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.2 interface to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than SATA SSDs.

Like its predecessors, the M9Se is offered in a number of different capacities and configurations. The drive is available by itself in the M.2 2280 form factor (M9PeGN), with a small aluminum heatsink (M9PeG) and as an HHHL add-in card (M9PeY) that's equipped with an extra large heatsink and programmable 3-mode RGB LED lights. For this review, Plextor sent us the 256GB version of the heatsink equipped M.2 drive, which is capable of delivering up to 3,000 MB/s sequential read and 1,000 MB/s sequential write speeds along with up to 180,000 random read and 160,000 random write IOPS.

   Plextor M9Pe 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PX-256M9PeG
Capacity 256GB
NAND Flash Toshiba BiCS3 3D TLC
Controller Marvell 88SS1093
Cache 512MB LPDDR3
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 with NVMe

Sequential Read 3,000 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,000 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 180,000 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 160,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
Power Requirement DC 3.3V 2.5A (Max.)
Temperature (Operating) 0°C ~ 70°C / 32°F ~ 158°F
MTBF >1.5 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 160TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 80.00 x 22.80 x 4.70 mm
Weight 13g

Other Features
Highly efficient heat sink design
Supports Plextor's PlexNitro and True Speed technologies
Latest LDPC technology to guarantee data accuracy
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the M9Pe has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Plextor's new PCIe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the M9Pe 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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