Alongside several other projects, I've been slowly putting together our next-gen storage test suite. Part of that effort involves experimenting with PCIe SSDs, and I now have another test subject. Give a warm welcome to Plextor's M6e:
This "gumstick" SSD uses a Marvell controller with a dual-lane PCIe 2.0 interface. It's based on the AHCI protocol rather than NVM Express, which should at least ensure broader compatibility with desktops and notebooks alike. Support for NVMe SSDs isn't as widespread.
Our M6e sample squeezes 256GB of MLC NAND onto an M.2 2280 form factor. The circuit board is tiny—and a good fit for the mini SSD slot on our Z97 motherboard. Stay tuned for a detailed look at how this and other SSDs compare in a whole new set of benchmarks.
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