Review: Plextor M6e BlackReviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis Provided by: Plextor Model: M6e Black 125GB SSD Firmware version: 1.05
Times are moving forward very fast and to me it doesn’t seem that long ago when I got my Plextor 48x24x48x CD-R/RW, however things have moved on from that era, and thankfully so did Plextor. Over the last couple of years Plextor has been focussing on SSDs, and I can say that they have had some very competitive drives.
The M6e is one drive that doesn’t need any introduction, we have already seen this, and we know what it can do, however Plextor decided that they needed something that will make the drive even more attractive to gamers, enthusiasts, and to all those that don’t want to look at a green PCB. So here we have the Plextor M6e Black to review, a drive that simply looks astonishing but at the same time has a lot of added value through software.
So I will thank Plextor for sending me the M6e Black 128GB drive to review and, before I move forward with this review, I would like to give you the option to visit the official Plextor site to find out more about Plextor and their products. All you have to do is simply click here.
Now let’s take a look at the package, its contents, and the drive.
Plextor M6e Black 128GB SSD
Let’s start by taking a look at the package and the contents of the Plextor M6e Black 128GB SSD. We'll start with the package.
Here is the front of the Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD, we can clearly see all the main features of the drive, plus the size of the drive and the five year warranty that it comes with.
and the back of the box.
Here is a close look at the package and its contents. As we can see there is a quick installation manual, a VIP card that has information about registering your drive, and also where to find support worldwide. There is also a CD but I am 100% that most people will go and download the latest version from the Plextor site. Finally we find the drive and one screw, which is everything that you need.
A look at the Plextor M6e black. I don’t think that there is any need to say that it simply looks awesome.
Now let’s take a more detailed look at the drive, here are a few pictures of the drive.
The front side, and here is the only place that we can see the green PCB of the M.2 drive. But other than that you will never see it.
On the reverse side of the drive, we can see the + and ground info for the HDD led activity indicator, and two stickers.
As we can see one sticker has all the info about the drive, firmware, manufacturing date, and power requirements, and the other is the usual warranty sticker.
Here is a look at the heat sink of the Plextor M6e Black. I'm very happy to see that it make contact with the NAND, but I would have liked it better if the drive was positioned the other way around so that it could also keep the Marvel controller cool.
Here is the rear of the M.2 drive that is inside the Plextor M6e Black, on which we can see the Toshiba NAND and the Marvel controller.
On the side that makes contact with the heat sink we can see another set of Toshiba NAND, the RAM.
Specifications of the Plextor M6e Black 128GB SSD
In the pictures below we get a more detailed view of the performance of the Plextor M6e Black SSD series.
In the above picture we can see that the drive is available in three capacities, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Also we can see the main specifications of the drive, in our case for the 128GB drive, but you can see all the info for the other two drives here.
In the above screenshot we see all the available info for the Plextor M6e Black SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a closer look on the software that come with the Plextor M6e Black