Model: Plextor M9PY Plus 512GB 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 showcased its latest PCIe SSD, the M9P Plus. Designed for PC gamers and prosumers with intensive application requirements, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Marvell's 88SS1092 "Eldora Plus" controller and is available with up to 1TB of Toshiba's 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND flash. The M9P Plus is also equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and features support for Plextor's new and improved PlexNitro II, TrueProtect II and SmartProtect technologies. 

Like its predecessors, the M9P Plus is offered in a number of different capacities and configurations. The drive is available by itself in the M.2 2280 form factor (M9PGN Plus), with a small aluminum heatsink (M9PG Plus) and as an HHHL add-in card (M9PY Plus) that's equipped with an extra large heatsink and RGB LED lights. For this review, Plextor sent us the 512GB version of the of the add-in card, which is capable of delivering up to 3,400 MB/s sequential read and 2,200 MB/s sequential write speeds along with up to 340,000 random read and 320,000 random write IOPS.

   Plextor M9PY Plus 512GB NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number PX-512M9PY+
Capacity 512GB
NAND Flash Toshiba 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND
Controller Marvell 88SS1092
Cache 512MB LPDDR3
Form Factor HHHL PCIe card
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 with NVMe

Sequential Read 3,400 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 2,200 MB/s Max
Random Read (IOPS 4K) 340,000 Max
Random Write (IOPS 4K) 320,000 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) 320TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 176.33 x 121.04 x 22.39 mm
Weight 200g

Other Features
Highly efficient heat sink design
Supports Plextor's PlexNitro II, TrueProtect II and SmartProtect technologies
Latest LDPC technology to guarantee data accuracy
RGB Lighting
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the M9P Plus 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 M9P Plus 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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