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Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB Solid State Drive / SSD Review

Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB Solid State Drive / SSD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The PX-128M1S is a 2.5-inch, SATA 3Gb/s drive, which makes it compatible with most notebooks. It can also be installed into a desktop computer with use of a mounting bracket (not included).
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External Mfg. Website: Plextor Mar 24 2010   Julian Apong  
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HDD Benchmarks: AS SSD, HD Tune 3.5 Pro

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Plextor PX-128M1S SSD test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below.

Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System - Intel Core i5
Processor:

Intel Core i5 750 (45nm)

Clock Speed: 20 x 133 MHz = 2.66 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA1156
Motherboard:

ASUS P7P55D Premium (P55 Express)

Videocard:

ASUS ENGTS250 DK (Geforce GTS250)

Memory:

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9

Memory Speed: DDR3-1333 RAM
Hard Drive:

SSD:
128GB Plextor PX-128M1S (3GB/s SATAII)

HDD:
74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740 (3GB/s SATAII)
2TB Segate Barracuda XT (6GB/s SATA III)

Optical Drive:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply:

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink:

Intel Reference 1156 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel 9.1.1.1019
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Benchmarks:
Hard Drive Benchmarks:
AS SSD
HDTune Pro 3.5
PCmark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2009
HD Tach 3.0.4.0
I/O Meter

AS SSD Benchmark Source:AS SSD

AS SSD benchmark is made specifically to test SSD performance. It is a synthetic benchmark that gauges bandwidth and latency speeds for solid state disks. Higher bandwidth (MB/s) is better, lower latencies (ms) are better.

Drive

Plextor PX-128M1S

Test Read Write
Sequential (MB/s) : 161.1 88.9
4K (MB/s) : 11.01 5.3
4K 64-Thrd (MB/s) : 17.87 6.8
Access Time (ms): 0.359 0.736

Since this test is designed for SSDs, the PX-128M1S doesn't have any competition here yet. However a quick glance at the numbers already shows sequential read performance at 161 MB/s, and sequential write performance at 88.9 MB/s, both above Plextor's rated speeds for the PX-128M1S of 130MB/s read / 80MB/s write.

HD Tune Pro 4.01 READ / WRITE Drive Benchmark Source: HD TUNE

HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark. The benchmark measures raw performance in a couple different ways to measure a hard drive for Read and Write tests, which are conducted separately. To read the results below consider that highest minimum/maximum/average transfer rates are better, while lower (quicker) access times are best. Lastly, highest burst rates are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark
 ReportHD Tune Pro 4.01 - READ Tests
Minimum Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 52.2
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 100.3
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 51.1
Plextor PX-128M1S 99.1
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 65.2
Maximum Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 108.7
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 204.6
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 108.6
Plextor PX-128M1S 102.8
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 138.4
Average Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 86.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 165.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 86
Plextor PX-128M1S 100.1
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 110.2
Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 12.2
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 10.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 10.2
Plextor PX-128M1S 0.3
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 17.2
Burst Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 134.4
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 143.6
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 144.7
Plextor PX-128M1S 101.0
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT

138.9

The Plextor PX-128M1S has very consistent average transfer rates while reading, and thanks to the nature of its NAND flash memory it can achieve incredibly low access times of 0.3ms.

PCSTATS Benchmark
 ReportHD Tune Pro 4.01 - WRITE Tests
Minimum Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 52.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 102.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 51.8
Plextor PX-128M1S 70.3
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 63.6
Maximum Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 107.6
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 203.9
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 103.5
Plextor PX-128M1S

74.7

Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 136
Average Transfer Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 85.4
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 161.9
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 83.5
Plextor PX-128M1S 73.4
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 105.3
Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 12.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 12.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 10
Plextor PX-128M1S 0.3
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 17
Burst Rate: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 134.3
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 134.3
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 144.7
Plextor PX-128M1S 99.7
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 121

When writing the Plextor PX-128M1S has very low access times and 73.4MB/s average transfer rates. This SSD lags behind conventional hard drives when it comes to burst performance, the Plextor weighs in with 99.7MB/s vs the Seagate Barracuda XT at 121MB/s.

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Contents of Article: Plextor PX-128M1S
 Pg 1.  Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB Solid State Drive / SSD Review
 Pg 2.  — HDD Benchmarks: AS SSD, HD Tune 3.5 Pro
 Pg 3.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 4.  HDD Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, HDTach
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: I/O Meter
 Pg 6.  HDD Benchmark: File Transfer Test & Conclusions

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