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Plextor Announce M2S Series SSDs

David Gilbert


Plextor Announce M2S Series SSDs

Plextor has long been known for its range of optical media, and only last week launched its first external Blu-ray drive. Now it is looking to get into the flash storage game and has announced the release of its second generation M2S Series SSDs.

Plextor’s first foray into the SSD market came last year with it SATA II-supporting PX-64M1S and PX-128M1S. Today it has announced its first SSD to be launched in the UK and European markets and the 2.5in internal drive is available in three sizes: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Plextor claims the M2S Series SSDs are among the first to support the SATA III 6GB/s interface giving it write speeds of 480MB/s and read speeds of 330MB/s - which is seriously fast when compared to say the Corsair Force Series of SSDs. A generous 128MB DDR3 cache should further increase the benefits of the SATA III interface and help increase the lifespan of the M2S Series.

Traditionally, SSDs become ‘dirty’ after long periods of use (similar to HDDs becoming defragmented) and as such, suffer a loss in performance over time. The Instant Restore Technology, developed by Plextor, and integrated into the M2S Series aims to prevent this performance loss from occurring and provides more long-term stability. The M2S Series comes bundled with Acronis True Image Software to help migrate data from a traditional HDD to the SSD. The process clones the entire partition/drive, ensuring no data is lost during the upgrade and eliminating the need to re-install the operating system.

The M2S will be launching in Europe and UK next month and further details including pricing on the M2S Series will also be announced in March.


February 7, 2011, 9:38 pm

I will be keeping an eye on this and whatever intel fires out around the same period. I think the days of me having a mechanical Harddisk as my primary drive is quickly coming to an end. I want that speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!


February 7, 2011, 10:56 pm

It would be nice if TR did a 'ten of the best' on SSDs now they've been selling with mainline online retailers for so long - i've been pining for one for a long time but can't quite afford one yet, and would appreciate some encouragement haha!

Geoff Richards

February 7, 2011, 11:56 pm

@ThaDon - I agree. Hands up everyone else who wants to see more SSD reviews on the site?


February 8, 2011, 1:03 am

yes yes yes - i'd love to see a round up of the current crop and maybe the soon to be released to give me a better idea of what to buy .... :)


February 8, 2011, 2:29 am

Definitely an SSD round up!

You could probably do with a standing top 10 of each category in any case - it is hard to get recommendations from this website - a 9/10 3 years ago is likely not a 9/10 anymore!


February 8, 2011, 2:53 am

I third that request. I shall be showered in extra disposal income late March and dag nabbit some of that money is earmarked for a blazing fast SSD. To the labs TR!


February 8, 2011, 4:29 am

All I wanna know is when and how much these new intel ssds will cost


February 8, 2011, 2:03 pm

In an age where the HDD is the only thing holding back a PC, I am desperately searching for a reasonably affordable SSD to use as a boot drive.

I would very much welcome a TR round up!

Oh, and there is a small typo for you to correct: "Traditionally, SSDs become &#8216dirty&#8217 after long periods of use (similar to HDDs becoming defragmented)" ... should, surely, read "fragmented"!

Jon Williamson

February 8, 2011, 3:20 pm

Actually, what I'm after is an article on how to upgrade your PC - I have a nearly three yearold Dell XPS 1330 which has been remarkably reliable. Rather than replace it, will I get a significant performance uplift by upgrading the hard drive to an SSD and installing Windows 7? Or is the £300 better spent in investing in a new bit of kit?


February 8, 2011, 4:31 pm


Will see what I can do regarding an SSD roundup, or at least a few more reviews :)


That would completely depend on the specifications of the rest of your machine.

And just upgrading to an SSD main drive wouldn't need to cost £300:

60GB SandForce SSD (e.g. Corsair or OCZ) = £80-90

Win 7 Home Premium = £60-70

So you're looking at about half that. If your old PC has 4GB of RAM and a reasonably fast, at least dual-core CPU, then that's definitely worth it.


February 8, 2011, 5:38 pm

SSDs, please.

There's room for Anandtech style comparisons without the indepth stuff that most of us have to gloss over. If a website was reviewing drives on the same system, side by side, filling them up to the same percentage before testing then I'd be interested.

One off reviews are often limited in that they can't be compared as easily to figures churned out by another website reviewing another drive so having comparable figures every time you test a drive would be very useful.

This combined with the usual "do you really need this or will a cheaper one do you" down to earthness would probably make TR the defacto rescource for those of us who want a new drive but don't want reviews comparing firmware versions and going on about controller bins....


February 8, 2011, 5:43 pm

I just ordered a new PC with a Kingston v100 bundled.. I believe this newer generation of "value" Kingston SSDs are better than the old v-series? But I would like to see how it compares to the more expensive Sandforce controlled sets, or the new Samsung controllers, etc.

In short: yes please! to a roundup



February 8, 2011, 6:21 pm

SSD reviews are always welcomed - thinking about replacing my Caviar Black drive in my main desktop with an SSD, is it possible to migrate an existing image over to an SSD, ghosting the drive? Or is this not recommended? The only thing putting me off is the thought of having to re-install all the programs again.


February 8, 2011, 6:45 pm

@Lifethroughalens you didn't read the article did you?

"The M2S Series comes bundled with Acronis True Image Software to help migrate data from a traditional HDD to the SSD. The process clones the entire partition/drive, ensuring no data is lost during the upgrade and eliminating the need to re-install the operating system"


February 8, 2011, 11:32 pm

@Runadumb - err, no ;) Just skimmed for price and speed - and that'll learn me :)


February 9, 2011, 1:41 am

Jonwill has a great idea there too - I'm looking to build a new gaming pc soon - and just can't work out what I should be going for ... so maybe a review talking about the components to build a mainstream gaming rig ... and the ultimate gaming rig for us dreamers as a combined article ... that would be brilliant :)

Tony Walker

February 9, 2011, 2:00 am

SSD-ville Arizona is getting verrrrrry interesting over the next few months as new controllers come online. Expect to see double the current read/write rates. SATA III (6Gb/s) is essential to get the best out of the new stuff.


February 9, 2011, 12:48 pm

@Castalan http://www.bit-tech.net/hardwa...

That is a great resource, which at the minute is a bit out of date due to 2 months of "Stop Press" news. Which was silly on their part.

Sorry to post a link to a different website TR but they are hardly competitors of yours.

Geoff Richards

February 9, 2011, 12:57 pm

@Runadumb - I used to be Deputy Editor there many moons ago, and bit-tech was based in the TrustedReviews office until 2008 so I think we'll let that link through :)


February 9, 2011, 1:35 pm

@Geoff Richards ah good too hear, was half expecting you to delete the link :)

Been a fan (and a subscriber) of Custom PC for some time now. Basically built my last 2 PC's copying straight from those hardware guides alone. Guess that ranks you up in my book :)


February 10, 2011, 1:12 am

thanks for the link - and thanks for letting it through :)

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