The results using PCMark 7:
Overall, using the SSD on a SATA 3Gb/s connection gives some fairly good although a 6Gb/s really does make a significant difference.
Plextor claim “sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 440MB/s” – I couldn’t get close to that during my testing (at least with HD Tune Pro). I don’t know if there is going to be a firmware update when the SSD is released later this month, but certainly today, with the drive I had for review, the best I could get was 336.9MB/s and 195.8MB/s. I ran the tests multiple times and couldn’t get those speeds. However, when running tests using CrystalDiskMark I did manage 454.3MB/s and 316.6MB/s which are certainly better, but still the write speeds don’t match up.
Either way, the drive is still very fast!
The inclusion of Acronis to clone your existing drive was a good move and makes it very easy for those people who want to do just that.
The drive itself works great and I had no problems using it as a data drive, or installing Windows 7 on it as my primary OS drive.
Including a bracket in the pack was a really good idea as there is nothing worse that spending all that money on an SSD only to find you need to buy a bracket to fit it into your desktop!
The M2P range will be launching in Europe and UK in October 2011. Pricing is as follows:
PX-128M2P (128GB) – Approx. £200 Inc. VAT
PX-256M2P (256GB) – Approx. £383 Inc. VAT
We gave it 4/5, because it really is a great drive, however, for slightly less money you get a faster speed drive with the Samsung Series 830 SSD.