Plextor unveiled two new addition to its consumer SSD lineup this year at Computex 2019, the M10Pe NVMe PCIe SSD and M10Pe NVMe M.2 SSD. As the successor to the popular M9Pe, the M10Pe offers the fastest sequential read and write speed achievable on the current PCIe Gen3 x4 interface up to 3400MB/s and 2200MB/s on read and write respectively.
|NAND||Toshiba BiCS4 96L 3D TLC|
|Interface||PCIe Gen3 x4|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280 or Half Height, Half Length AIC|
|Capacity||256 GB to 1 TB|
|Size||Seq. Read (MB/s)||Seq. Write (MB/s)||Ran. Read (IOPS)||Ran. Write (IOPS)|
|256GB||Up to 3400||Up to 1700||Up to 300K||Up to 300K|
|512GB||Up to 3400||Up to 2200||Up to 340K||Up to 320K|
|1TB||Up to 3400||Up to 2200||Up to 340K||Up to 320K|
The notable difference between both M10Pe and M9Pe is the use of Marvell’s Eldora Plus controller that is able to support up to 8GB DRAM instead of 2GB on the Eldora. The M10Pe also uses the Toshiba BiCS4 96L 3D TLC which offers higher capacity, lower power consumption and higher sequential I/O performance over the Toshiba 64L BiCS3 3D TLC used on the M9Pe.
Although Plextor did equip the M10Pe NVMe PCIe SSD with its iconic streamline design heatsink and a new chrome finish on the Plextor logo, the M.2 2280 form factor model is left naked without any heatsink. According to Plextor, this decision was made in order to maximize the compatibility of the SSD itself.
We are well aware of motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS, etc did include one or two M.2 SSD heatsink on their motherboard, but that’s only available on the high-end models. End-users with mid-end or lower tier motherboards will have to resolve to 3rd party heatsink to keep the memory chips cool and avoid any potential thermal throttling during operation.
The M10Pe NVMe PCIe SSD and M10Pe NVMe M.2 SSD will come in different capacities of 256GB to 1TB, and is expected to be available later in Q3 2019.