Plextor S3 series SSDs won’t take a bite out of your wallet

There's hardly a shortage of options at the budget end of the SSD market. Plextor's new S3 series SSDs—comprising a pair of drives, the S3G and S3C—join that particular crowd, but still one-up some of the competition thanks to their 256 MB DDR3 cache. The new units utilize a SATA interface and 14-nm Hynix planar NAND flash.

The two drives differ primarily in one regard: the S3G is an M.2 SATA drive, while the S3C comes in the 2.5" form factor. The S3C also comes in capacities up to 512 GB, while the S3G tops out at 256 GB. Either drive can move 550 MB/s on sequential reads, or 510 MB/s on sequential writes. Random performance on the 512 GB S3C comes in at 92K IOPS on random reads and 79K IOPS for random writes—pretty respectable figures for planar TLC flash. The smaller drives have slightly worse random performance, as usual.

Plextor warranties the S3 series drives for three years, and gives the 256 GB and 512 GB versions 70 TBW endurance ratings. The 128 GB models should be good for 35 TBW. Currently the drives are only available in Europe. TechPowerUp reports that the 128GB drive is going for 62€ ($58 without VAT), the 256GB drive for 106€ (or $98) , and the 512GB drive for 213€ (around $198).

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    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I can’t find information on the SM2254 from Silicon Motion yet, but it’s the new bottom-of-the-range option from SMI that slots in below the SM2256.

    You’d think with the NAND shortage they wouldn’t be crippling the NAND they *can* get with even cheaper and lower-performance controllers, right?

    • Star Brood
    • 2 years ago

    The prices are pretty average these days.

    Is it still speculated to get a 1TB SSD for under a hundred bucks by 2020? I think that’s going to be the time to say the prices won’t take a bite out of one’s wallet.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      In 2020 one AAA game will use 600GB and a 1TB SSD will be barely big enough for Windows 10

      /s

        • mcnabney
        • 2 years ago

        Uhm, no.
        There will be games over 100GB in 2020. Do you really believe that AAA games will grow 10x their current size in three years?

          • Chrispy_
          • 2 years ago

          No way. Seriously?!

          I even put the /s in there to remove ALL AMBIGUITY and you STILL frickin’ missed it.

    • Waco
    • 2 years ago

    I’d call nearly $.40 per GB to be quite a big damn bite out of my wallet for crappy TLC flash.

      • Kharnellius
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, I got my 500 GB Samsung EVO 850 for $159 a year ago. These prices on SSDs just won’t drop.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        My current bulk-buy price (12 units in a box) of the 525 MX300 drives is €132 each before tax. That’s about $145, give or take so these need to come down a lot from the €213 they’re hoping to sell them at.

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