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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: SiSoft Sandra, HDTach

SiSoft Sandra 2009 V.15.72 - HDD Read and Write tests Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher ponts are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark
 ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 v15.72 - HDD READ Tests
Drive Index: Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 85.99
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 170.5
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 77.97
Plextor PX-128M1S 151.78
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 111
Random Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 12
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 13
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 5
Plextor PX-128M1S 0.18
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 16.73

When it comes to read performance the Plextor PX-128M1S does not disappoint, with scores just under the dual Western Digital WD1001FALS in RAID 0 mode. Random Access Times only take 0.18ms, much faster than any conventional hard drive can attain.

PCSTATS Benchmark
 ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 v15.72 - HDD WRITE Tests
Drive Index: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 80.13
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 147.83
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 147.83
Plextor PX-128M1S 87.5
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 101.48
Random Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 4
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 1
Plextor PX-128M1S 0.55
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 5.77

The Plextor PX-128M1S doesn't have the fastest sequential write speeds (87.5 MB/s)when tested in Sandra, although its on par with the 1TB WD1001FALS disk. A 0.55ms latency for Random Access time is impressive.

HD Tach 3.0.4.0 Source: TCD Labs Inc.

HD Tach is a physical performance hard drive test for Windows 95/98/ME and Windows NT/2000. In Windows 9X/ME it uses a special kernel mode VXD to get maximum accuracy by bypassing the file system. A similar mechanism is used in Windows NT/2000/XP. HD Tach reads from areas all over the hard drive and reports an average speed. It also logs the read speeds to a text file that you can load into a spreadsheet and graph to visually read the results of the test. Higher bandwidth (MB/s) and lower latencies (ms) are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark
 ReportHD Tach 3.0.4.0 - 8MB Tests
Burst Speed: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 214.7
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 277.8
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 188.8
Plextor PX-128M1S 143.4
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 115.8
Average Read: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 90.5
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 150.8
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 90.7
Plextor PX-128M1S 103.4
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 64.5
Random Access Time: (ms) Points Ranking
Western Digital WD1001FALS 12.1
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 12
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 10.1
Plextor PX-128M1S 0.3
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 7.9

HDTach tests burst speed, a measure of how fast the system can transfer information from the hard disk to RAM. Thanks to 64MB of on-board cache, the Western Digital WD1001FALS drive does well here. However when it comes to sustained (average) read rates the Plextor SSD manages better Average Read performance (103.4MB/s) than all but the Western Digital drives in RAID 0. Random access time drops to 0.3ms for the solid state disk while the slower mechanical drives hover around 8-12ms.

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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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