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    This is a real world test of the 6Gb/s drive as I don’t have a newer motherboard with SATA III ports.  I’m guessing that as of this writing many do not but would still like to have the performance of the higher end SATA III SSD.  When you invest in a newer 6Gb/s SSD you obviously want to get as much speed as possible from it but how much is there to be had from an older system?  This review will test that theory out.


    Let’s take a look at the drive.


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    Here are the obligatory stats on the drive from plextor.com





    128 GB


    Sequential Read (MB/S)



    Sequential Write (MB/S)



    Sequential Read (IOPS 4K)


    Sequential Write (IOPS 4K)


    General Specification



    128MB DDR3 Cache


    Power Consumption (Typical)

    0.25W (Idle); 0.75W (Active)


    Temperature (Operating)

    32 ºF to 158 ºF (0 ºC to 70 ºC)


    Temperature (Non-operating)

    -40ºF to 185 ºF (-40 ºC to 85 ºC)



    1,500G/0.5 ms


    Vibration (Operating)

    7~800Hz, 2.17G (RMS)



    1.5 million hour



    3 year




    Operating System

    Microsoft Windows Family


    Mac OS


    Command Set


    Supports TRIM, SMART, NCQ, ATA/ATAPI-8



    Data Encryption






    SATA Interface


    SATA Revision 3.0 compliant, supports SATA 6/3/1.5 Gb/s


    Firmware Upgrade



    Form Factor and Connectors


    Form Factor




    Power Connector


    15-pin SATA connector for DC 5V input


    Data Connector

    7-pin SATA connector


    Dimensions and Weight



    Dimensions (W x H x D)


    2.75 x 0.3 x 4.0 inch





    1.94 ~ 3.53 oz

    Test Platform




    Installed the SSD drive to a SATA port on the motherboard.  It’s the ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 which only has 3Gb/s SATA ports so I won’t see the true performance of the drive but again, this is a real world test for those of us who don’t have SATA III ports.






    To show you exactly how the system performs I’ll do a test with a WD 640GB Black series.  Notices the speeds around 100MB/Sec.




    HD Tune peaks at 117MB/Sec on the WD Black drive.


    Same Tests / Plextor 128 SSD


    Here are the benchmarks for the Plextor.




    Average transfer rate right at 200MB/second, about double the average of the spindle drive.




    The ATTO bench showed the same performance.


    If you still have the older SATA chipset on your system I expect you will see the same results.  Double the performance of most spindle drives.


    How can I get more speed at with a minimum investment?


    I’m not trying to be cheap but I was curious as to what the performance gain would be on the cheapest 6Gb/s adapter I could find.  Enter the  HighPoint  PCIExpress Dual Port SATA 6Gb/s adapter for $25.




    This adapter is controversial in many forums due to it’s speed performance but  I’ve installed it in a x16 PCIE slot that is 2.0 to hopefully get the best performance possible out of it.


    Will this card speed up benchmarks?




    Average rate of 263 MB/Sec compared to 200MB/Sec on the motherboard port.




    ATTO Benchmarking shows a dramatic difference.  The write speeds are about the same as how it performed on the motherboard but the reads are much higher.  Nearly 400.


    The Plextor easily maxes out the SATA II interface and If you are not ready to jump into a new motherboard it looks like a minimal investment will certainly increase system performance when using the SSD.  It also does well in speed tests with higher end SATA III hardware behind it coming in just below it’s advertised read and write rates*.  It also comes with a copy of Acronis True Image in order to help facilitate the move from an older drive to the Plextor.  Solid value, good performance, and an easy transition, makes the Plextor a great deal at $279.


    This Plextor series is available in sizes of 64, 128, and 256GB.


    At newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249010&cm_re=Plextor_ssd-_-20-249-010-_-Product


    *Source – Storagereview.com


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    Nice write up. Now send it to one of the Mike's so they can test on a Sata III port. I wonder if it will be any better on a MB Sata III port?
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