Plextor M6e PCIE M.2 SSD Review

Introduction & Pictures

 Plextor PCIE/M2 SSD

 

Conclusion

Before we get into the performance figures, we do think it's worth discussing the new M2 interface in a little more depth. Clearly, it offers far more bandwidth and speed than any of the previous SATA iterations that we've seen in the past, and this is great. However, every current board you buy will have multiple high speed SATA3 ports, whilst you need a high end motherboard in order to find just one M2 port. We think it's great that Plextor offer a solution to this with the PCIE card, but realistically, if you value the aesthetics of your system, you aren't going to want a green PCIE device sat under your graphics card. This is a shame really because if they'd put a little more effort into the adaptor card, and made it with a black PCB and also made it far smaller, they could have been onto a real winner in making this a great device for everyone, whether they have a dedicated M2 port on their motherboard or not.

When it comes to performance, the speeds for larger data blocks are outstanding. This is by far the highest sequential read speed we have ever seen, and equally in ATTO when we've dealt with 128K blocks the speeds are brilliant. Smaller data blocks however are clearly where the Plextor drive falls a little short. ATTO's 16K runs show the drive marginally edging ahead of the rest of the SSDs that we've tested, but when we drop to the 4K speeds in Anvil, the M2 drive does fall short of the SATA competition.

We do have to keep in mind that this is the very first M2 drive we've seen. It's clear that certain areas need to be worked on with the smaller data blocks, but that will on require a few changes with the SSD controller. Overall, we are incredibly impressed with the performance of this drive and are excited to see what the future holds for M2 SSDs.

When it comes to price, we're seeing these retail for around £190 with the adaptor card, and for around £165 for the M2 drive on its own which is a little on the steep side as far as 256GB SSDs go. To put it into comparison, the 512GB Corsair LX drive we tested last week is only £180, and we understand this is new technology and so high prices are to be expected however. We do hope the prices will fall in the coming months however when more manufacturers have brought out similar drives. There's very little in terms of competition for Plextor at the moment, and we are hoping prices to be more competitive soon.

Practicality is another factor that this M2 drive triumphs in. Assuming you're using a motherboard with a dedicated M2 port, you can almost be done away entirely with SATA drives. If you're watercooling, one of these may allow you to remove the hard drive cages in order to mount a radiator in the front of your case, and you'd no longer have to worry about mounting an SSD somewhere else. We do hope that in the future we'll see M2 ports on ITX motherboards, and if so, these SSDs would be a perfect choice for a small, portable system.

We're awarding the Plextor M6e the OC3D Performance Award.

     Performance

Thanks to Plextor for providing the SSD for review. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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24-07-2014, 07:18:17

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...060629936l.JPG

We've got our hands on our first M2 SSD to see if the impressive speeds of the new interface make a difference in the real world.


Read more on the Plextor M6e PCIE M.2 Review hereQuote

24-07-2014, 08:26:32

YouWhat
I would love one of those in my rig, but for time being, out of my price range for a short while unfortunately.

I comepletely agree about the PCB being black, with todays market, most boards being black or blue, they should really of make it black.Quote

24-07-2014, 09:04:46

Xrqute
TTL in reference to your conclusion would you of been happy if the PCI-E version looked somewhat like-

http://hothardware.com/newsimages/It...ces-news-4.JPG

I actually have a Raidr and use it as my boot drive and i bloody love it.Quote

24-07-2014, 09:19:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xrqute View Post
TTL in reference to your conclusion would you of been happy if the PCI-E version looked somewhat like-

http://hothardware.com/newsimages/It...ces-news-4.JPG

I actually have a Raidr and use it as my boot drive and i bloody love it.

Asus didnt want to send that - performance isnt great from what Ive been toldQuote

24-07-2014, 09:59:14

MadShadow
I think this is an awesome product, but I aree that it looks really horrible. Not only that green PCB, but also that big, white sticker when you put it in the M.2 slot on your motherboard.Quote

24-07-2014, 10:00:17

barnsley
Its a shame they don't make them like ram. A hyper X beast one in white would moisten me greatly .Quote

24-07-2014, 15:11:57

RickPlaysWarr
I would really love to have one for my Maximus VII Hero build. Yet having it front and center right under the CPU block; that flash of green will drive me crazy. If I sleeved it, would it overheat? I also think even a small sheet metal shroud painted black or with carbon fiber vinyl would look better than the naked PCB as it is. I am a bit worried about any possible heat buildup though. Does anyone think its an issue if the drive is covered or sleeved?

--Rick--Quote

25-07-2014, 03:34:51

Thelosouvlakia
If I am to spend so many euros on a PC that's all about performance I wouln't mind one of those things, no matter how ugly it looks. It's made to deliver performance, not some kind of fabulous looks.
The performance of this is totaly absurd and that's all that matters. Now if plextor was to make a "gamer/enthusiast" version of this and it came on a black pcb it would become overpriced ^^Quote

25-07-2014, 03:41:42

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
If I am to spend so many euros on a PC that's all about performance I wouln't mind one of those things, no matter how ugly it looks. It's made to deliver performance, not some kind of fabulous looks.
The performance of this is totaly absurd and that's all that matters. Now if plextor was to make a "gamer/enthusiast" version of this and it came on a black pcb it would become overpriced ^^
Most people on this forum think that the looks of a PC is very important. Personally a green PCB among high end components is unacceptable. It really ruins the whole aesthetic in my opinion.Quote

25-07-2014, 04:06:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
If I am to spend so many euros on a PC that's all about performance I wouln't mind one of those things, no matter how ugly it looks. It's made to deliver performance, not some kind of fabulous looks.
The performance of this is totaly absurd and that's all that matters. Now if plextor was to make a "gamer/enthusiast" version of this and it came on a black pcb it would become overpriced ^^
Youve joined the wrong forums.Quote

25-07-2014, 05:32:42

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
If I am to spend so many euros on a PC that's all about performance I wouln't mind one of those things, no matter how ugly it looks. It's made to deliver performance, not some kind of fabulous looks.
The performance of this is totaly absurd and that's all that matters. Now if plextor was to make a "gamer/enthusiast" version of this and it came on a black pcb it would become overpriced ^^
These days if you're making a pc that is all about performance and it ends up ugly, you're doing it wrong.Quote

25-07-2014, 06:38:44

Master&Puppet
To be honest it wouldn't take much for motherboard manufacturers to make a cover to conceal the M.2 space and that would cover the eye sore nicely!Quote

25-07-2014, 06:48:03

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Master&Puppet View Post
To be honest it wouldn't take much for motherboard manufacturers to make a cover to conceal the M.2 space and that would cover the eye sore nicely!
Maybe, but it would be easier if the M.2 drive had a black PCB, because not every board manufacturer would put a cover on every board.Quote

25-07-2014, 07:32:00

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Youve joined the wrong forums.
Oh dear Lord I'm going to get expelled xD
Anyway have you seen the Fatal1ty boards from Asrock... The m2 socket is placed where a dual/triple slot GPU would conceal itQuote

25-07-2014, 09:06:57

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
Oh dear Lord I'm going to get expelled xD
Anyway have you seen the Fatal1ty boards from Asrock... The m2 socket is placed where a dual/triple slot GPU would conceal it

Performance is important to us yes, but being able to have a super clean smick rig is just as important..... It's about professionalism and pride, we want to build rigs that we're proud of top to bottom that we can show to other people look what i built and they stare back dumb struck by how amazing it looks....Quote

27-07-2014, 13:19:07

nexusmaniac
I really can't grasp how the M.2 performance and the PCIe adapter performance are different from each other? And especially the PCIe being better performing, considering that both places (Theoretically) have identical bandwidth??

I don't know if it's worth asking but @tinytomlogan would you consider re-running the benchmarks on a different board? Because to me those results seem strange Quote
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