Plextor launches new SSD

Read-write up to 100,000/88,000 IOPS, over-clocked Raid 0

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Plextor launches new SSD M5 Pro Xtreme models are available in three different capacities: 128GB 256GB and 512GB.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 21, 2013

Digital storage equipment developer Plextor today announced the Middle East launch of M5 Pro Xtreme, its high-performance 2.5-inch solid-state drive (SSD).

The M5 Pro Xtreme is targeted at business and advanced users and is designed for high-end performance and data integrity.

Solid-state technology differs from magnetic disks in that storage drives have no moving parts. Memory is electronic and so read-write speeds are faster than those of head-based hard disks. However, solid-state drives are sold at a premium cost and capacities are typically lower to keep costs down. M5 Pro Xtreme models are available in three different capacities: 128GB 256GB and 512GB.

According to Plextor, the drives are powered by True Speed technology that "efficiently cleans up dirty blocks by constantly operating in the background to pick up blocks, erase unwanted pages and move data to deliver a constant speed with high performance".

The technology inside the M5 Pro Xtremes is a combination of the latest Marvell 88SS9187 controller and the Japanese Toshiba Toggle NAND flash. The storage devices are said to have the ability to consistently deliver random read-write speeds up to 100,000/88,000 IOPS and sequential read-write speeds up to 540/470 MB/s. Plextor is positioning the M5Pro Xtreme as suitable for use in a heavy workstation, server role, or Raid 0 configuration.

Bill Liu, regional manager, Channel Marketing & Sales Division, Plextor said, "M5 Pro Xtreme redefines professional standards for mean time between failures and data protection. This new 2.5-inch SATA SSD, powered with new Plextor firmware makes the drive extremely fast, reliable and stable, and enhances performance to new levels."

The M5 Pro Xtreme SSD comes with a three-year warranty for all the three variants. The price for M5 Pro Xtreme SSD 128GB is $142, while 256GB is priced at $268 and 512GB at $464. Channel partners across the Middle East region including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait can source M5M SSD drives from FDC International, the authorised distributor for Plextor in the region.

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