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Plextor M6e PCIe solid state drive available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities starting April 7

By Shawn Knight ยท 25 replies
Apr 3, 2014
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  1. Plextor on Thursday announced the worldwide availability of the M6e PCI Express solid state drive. Billed as the first SSD specifically designed for professional gamers, Plextor claims power users can experience speeds up to 50 percent faster than traditional SATA-based...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I dont understand why this is catered to "pro gamers". Games barely take advantage of an SSD other than for loading elements faster... odd indeed.
  3. I'm not sure either. Maybe Plextor figures this is the only demographic that is not afraid to open their computer or understand what this piece of kit is, or maybe more importantly, be persuaded to spend money on it as pre-built computer sales fall. If that is it, they are fools, spend your money on a rockin' video card and monitor. $750 for 512 GB, that will buy a nice video card or a not so bad monitor
  4. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    I agree that SSD generally only reduces games' load time, but man, once you get used to it, it sure is difficult to go back to the long load time on HDD. $750, though, is definitely for those with deeeeeep pockets.
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  5. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    Well, it's expensive but it's still priced far better than a Fusion-io SSD.
  6. Kneep

    Kneep TS Enthusiast Posts: 44

    You can raid 0 two reg ssd's cheaper and get faster speeds lol.
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,801   +461

    Yes loading faster is an important part for many gamers. Also lends to a more responsive system in general particularly when multitasking.
    One of those "once you go there, hard to go back" things.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  8. How dare they install this ugly GREEN ssd in a black and red motherboard!
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    I was thinking along those lines as well. They target these things at pro gamers and I don't see it being a big market if in fact such a thing exists. Plextor may make very good drives but they need to do something about their advertising/marketing dept. Bottom line, this is a consumer drive, nothing more, nothing less (with easy to access LED's on the backplate).
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  10. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,953   +203

    Those prices sound out of whack, maybe it's just "Newegg tax"?
    For once something is cheaper in Sweden and let me tell you that is a first!
    I'll remind you also that this is a normal M.2 SSD strapped to a passive PCIe > M.2 adapter.
    The only thing the adapter provides is some pretty LED's.
    And the actual physical interface so you can fit it into your desktop...
  11. This is what a pro-gamer needed, especially when loading games like Titanfall.. so, with this you'll be the first done loading the game.. then you will wait other player finished their loading :D
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    Lol these prices are insane, just because they connect to pci e x16 ? most people who are willing to open their computer and replace parts will also reveal with a quick google search that these do not offer much over reg ssd
  13. DGVET

    DGVET TS Rookie

    There 71.4 BILLION reasons last year alone world wide why pro gamers would be the logical choice, now anyone that requires fast read write speeds would benifit ex: photoshop users, cad developers ect... Do you know that the last major gaming event had more streames / viewers than any World series, World Cup event ever in history
  14. When I made my comment I was assuming most gamers already have some sort of SSD, so this device would be an upgrade, that's why I figured the money would be better spent on a video card or display.
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,953   +203

    Yea I agree that the marketing for this drive is a bit strange.
    That said it's coming from a company which have released allot of other solid SSD's
    And based on a nice Marvell controller.
    It's also one of the first (maybe first?) drives to offer itself as a AHCI device to the computer and thus support the TRIM command while also being bootable, even though it's directly connected via PCIe.
    That makes this SSD kind of groundbreaking in my book atleast, I would love to have one :)
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  16. You can raid 0 four reg ssd's cheaper and get faster speeds lol. (four x m500 about two hundred quid, if you haggle)
  17. Also they are obviously quoting the best speeds (for the 500gb drive) which would lead one to believe that the 256 and 128 especially, are considerably worse (parallelism on dies). First shot in the upcoming war, bring up the Samsung Heavy Guns.
  18. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,953   +203

    Actually the 512GB & 256GB are quite similar in performance, random 4k performance is exactly the same and only sequential read is 45MB/s lower at 580MB/s instead.
    The 128GB model is considerably slower, random write goes down about 20%, read ca 10% & sequential write is 335MB/s (50% lower)
    Sequential read is the same for all drives though, 770MB/sec

    Remember that when comparing the price of these you should look at other PCI Express drives, there is nothing that comes close...
    That said it is afterall "only" a M.2 PCIe SSD strapped to a passive PCIe adapter, so in effect the price difference you are paying is for the adapter.

    Right now in Sweden I can buy the Crucial M.2 M550 at a little more than half the price of the Plextor M6e.
    And the Crucial M.2 M500 comes in at under half the price.
    They are however all S-ATA 6GB/s controllers, so their performance is lower.
    And the most important metric of an SSD, it's response time does not improve when putting several drives in a RAID-0.
    So there is definitely a place for this drive, but to be honest I was hoping for a little bit more performance.
  19. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,801   +461

    Asus ROG RAIDR is another that does I believe (keeping a keen eye on that exact thing ;) )
  20. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,953   +203

    Nope, that's two Sandforce SATA controllers that are connected via a LSI RAID controller, very messy solution and really bad performance.
    You can run your own RAID-0 with regular SATA SSD's and get much better performance & value for money...
  21. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,801   +461

    Thought it was a Marvell controller? (For PCIe interface and the SandForces are connected to the Marvel so it is AHCI->PCIe bridged)

    Also Asus quotes AHCI TRIM support but not sure how it works as I didn't think PCIe passed on AHCI TRIM commands...
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2014
  22. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    Wait a minute, the MTBF is 273 years?
  23. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,953   +203

    @Darth Shiv yea I meant Marvell, TRIM does work via AHCI, it's also what this Plextor drive relies on...
  24. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 424   +205

    Raid 0 gives you zero performance increase, don't waste your time unless you just want to lose space for the raid configuration.
  25. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    This is another EPIC FAIL cost to much . All ready over crowded market that saw OCZ bankrupt. Who is Plextor anymore?

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