It’s time to do a two minute review the Plextor PX-256M2S Solid State Drive.
The Plextor M2S series SATA 6Gb/s SSD offers 256 GB high-speed data storage with stable long-term performance, and a predicted 10-year lifespan. Engineered for exceptional data transfer rates throughout its long lifetime the Plextor M2S is unrivaled in delivering sustained performance.
The drive achieves this unequaled long-term stability by incorporating Plextor’s unique Instant Restore technology to overcome the performance loss associated with constant use. A server grade Marvell controller provides additional drive reliability. Featured is the latest high bandwidth SATA 6Gb/s interface for fast transfer times. Performance, stability, and lifespan are improved by both the generous 128MB DDR buffer and even disc usage through the Dynamic Wear Leveling system.
The Plextor M2S series is ideal for users who require consistently high transfer rates from their SSD, who expect a long product life, and who demand uncompromising stable performance in real use situations.
Who are Plextor?
From their website:
The history of Plextor goes back almost 100 years. Shinano Kenshi Corporation was founded in 1918 to manufacture Spun Silk Yarn, which at the time was one of the most “High-Tech” industries in the world. The silk required a very delicate and precise production process. The right to wear silk was reserved for the highest government officials and dignitaries only, and therefore the quality standards were extremely high. In these circumstances, Shinano Kenshi developed their own business philosophy: “Never Compromise, Always Think Quality”, because only providing the best quality could satisfy their exceptional customers.
As the years passed, Shinano Kenshi embarked on other industrial markets that would grow more progressively, while maintaining its proud history in the Silk Industry.
In the 1960s, Shinano Kenshi decided to diversify its business to electric motors, a fast growing market at the time. Despite changing its core business, the company kept its business philosophy, “Never Compromise, Always Think Quality”. These ventures insights led to the successful expansion into technology-driven, knowledge-intensive fields, such as Electrical Division, Electronic Equipment Division and Printing Equipment Division.
In the 1980’s, Shinano Kenshi expanded their sub-contracting position by recognizing the evolution of the digital age with the advancement of compact discs replacing the older generation of analog tapes. The company began to manufacture their own compact disc players for the audio industry, and developed a separate brand for the department. The Electronic Equipment Division introduced its first CD-ROM optical disk drive under the TEXEL brand name in 1989. Faced with the prospects of a healthy and ever-increasing demand for its products, Shinano Kenshi identified the importance of this segment, with the Professional and IT markets demanding performance-oriented products. The company naturally transitioned into the optical disc drive industry. Through every generation of optical disk drives, Plextor has continually sought ways in which its CD-ROM’s, CD-RW’s and DVD+R/RW’s could stimulate market demand by offering higher speed and higher reliability devices, while winning numerous awards worldwide.
While maintaining and strengthening its core competences, Shinano Kenshi continued its global expansion by establishing subsidiary companies and promoting its products on a worldwide basis. In 1982 Shinano Kenshi began to expand overseas. The United States was the first country where the company started overseas operation. PLEXTOR US was officially founded in 1990 and three years later a European branch (PLEXTOR EU) was opened.
The subsidiaries are chartered with the continual growth of Resellers and OEM’s in their respective territories, who have come to rely upon Shinano Kenshi for performance, quality oriented and technically superior optical peripheral products. In 1994, Shinano Kenshi announced their new brand name PLEXTOR for their digital technology products, including optical disc drives.
Plextor CD-R/RW drives were introduced in 1998 with technologies developed by the corporation in support of the market growing demand for CD-ROM’s. DVD+R/RW were added to the Plextor product line in 2003. High performance drives enable our users to write and re-write data on a stable platform that has evolved throughout the years. Plextor has also invested heavily on the certification of media to give our users a wide range of compatibility between the various manufacturers.
Plextor’s CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+R/RW optical disk drives have been tested worldwide and evaluated as the “Professional Choice” to satisfy even the most discerning customers. Plextor products have been adopted by financial institutions and government agencies, which require highly reliable data storage technology. Recording studios have come to regard the Plextor products as the “drive of choice,” which they can rely upon for the accurate extraction and creation of Digital Audio.
The business philosophy “Never Compromise, Always think Quality” generated from tailoring luxury silk for the highest dignitaries did not fade over time but became the company’s core value. Also in the optical storage business, Plextor provided the best quality products to high-end customers and professional users in a heavy duty environment, instead of general users. In order to satisfy these professional users and to meet their strict specifications, PLEXTOR always invested many resources in R&D and product testing before any product was released to the market. In line with its high quality standards, Plextor always offered excellent warranty conditions.
In the 21st century PLEXTOR successfully entered new markets with external Hard Disks, Multi Media Players, Network Attached Storage, and more to come…..
What’s in the Box?
Apart from the SSD itself, there is a manual and a DVD with the manual and Acronis software on if you want to use it to clone a drive.
A Closer Look
Using with Windows
Connecting the SSD to windows worked without any problems.
As usual, only 238GB of the 256GB is available for use!
I only had a motherboard with a 3Gb SATA port for testing…
The read test produced an average speed of 259.8 MB/s.
The write test produced an average speed of 242.2 MB/s.
And here are the file benchmarks:
So expect higher figures when connected to a 6Gb SATA port.
If you want a fast SSD that is compatible with 6Gb SATA ports, then you should really take a look at this drive.
The inclusion of Acronis to clone your existing drive was a good move.
Price wise, the PX-256M2S retails for around £333, so it isn’t cheap, but then SSD’s are not cheap, especially for 256GB ones!