Today we look at the M8V SSD Plextor. This is their latest entry-level SATA SSD and the first SATA drive from Plextor to use 64-layer 3D NAND 3D flash memory.
The flash memory of NAND 3D 64 layers started crashing into the market last year, but only a handful of SSD consumers are using the latest generation flash that was launched. All of the early models come from manufacturers of integrated flash memory and SSDs. Intel, Micron, Toshiba and Western Digital all introduced drives last year with their own 64L TLC 3D. Flash memory is now being used by the rest of the market, because other brands fill the gap left by the biggest players.
Plextor is a consumer retail brand SSD Lite-On, one of the largest SSD manufacturers that is also not a NAND flash manufacturer. One of Lite-On's main ways to distinguish their SSDs is by developing internal firmware for SSD controllers, rather than using the reference firmware provided by most of the controlling vendors. This means that SSD Lite-On / Plextor often has a performance profile quite different from a drive that at first glance looks almost technically identical.
The Plextor M8V is a budget-oriented SATA SSD that uses the Toshiba 64L TLC 3D. Where the Toshiba TR200 itself adopts the DRAMless controller to cut costs, the Plextor M8V uses the mainstream Silicon Motion SM2258 controller. The controller is used in the Crucial MX500, one of the best mainstream SATA SSDs on the market today. Derivative derivatives-the SM2259-are used on Intel 545s. Plextor does not try to position M8V directly against other top-tier SATA drives or SSDs, but they will still be some of the major competitions for M8V. The Crucial MX500 will also be one of the more interesting drives to compare M8V to in terms of performance and power consumption, because the joint controller gives us the opportunity to judge whether Micron or TLC 64L Toshiba 3D is better.
Our test sample is 2.5 "512GB M8V.M.2 version should work almost the same and use the same power, and smaller capacity will definitely be slower - especially the 128GB model.Plextor M8V comes with a three year warranty, but the durability rating write more in line with a drive that has a five year warranty.
The M8V uses a brushed aluminum box that Plextor has used from generation to generation. Inside, we find a small PCB with a sign showing M8V is an alter ego of the Lite-On CV8 SSD client for the OEM market. There are two NAND packages on each side of the PCB, and the Samsung DRAM section next to the SM2258 controller. M8V does not use any thermal pads.
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