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Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD Review

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Test System and Benchmark Results for the Plextor M7V M.2 SSD

Test SSD was connected via the M.2 Slot on the motherboard with Intel RST iaStorA drivers installed. C-states and EIST disabled for the Intel Core i7-6700K CPU and Windows power saving set to high-performance. The system is left to idle for a period of time after each run. Benchmarks are provided “as-is” in screenshot form for full transparency. As with the rest of our reviews, performance behavior is the goal instead of simply direct comparisons. All the benchmarks here are easily reproducible and requires no special hardware that cannot be purchased by the public.

To simulate typical consumer drive performance, the operating system was loaded on the test drive and is written at least 5x its total size and settled to 75% capacity which will be compared with the fresh out of box/secure erased performance. All tests were performed at least three times for accuracy.

Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Retail)
Motherboard MSI Z170 Gaming Pro Carbon
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S
Graphics 2x8GB HyperX Savage 2666MHz DDR4
Video Card Zotac GTX 960 2GB
Drive Plextor M7V 128GB (OS-75%)
Case DimasTech XL Test Bench
Power Supply Cougar CMX V3 850 watt
Operating System Windows 10 Pro


Crystal Disk Mark benchmarks read and write tests for sequential, 512K, 4K and queue depth 32 4K.



ATTO disk benchmark is a 32-bit compressible data benchmark that measures read and write speeds across various file transfer sizes from 0.5KB to 8192KB to show SSD behavior.


Unlike ATTO, AS SSD uses incompressible data for benchmarking and can measure read/write performance in MB/s or in iops. AS SSD also has a Copy Benchmark which simulates ISO, Game and program performance, providing both speed and access time results.



Anvil Storage Utilities is a comprehensive storage testing program that provides plenty of information and option for each test.



PCMark 8 from Futuremark is a semi-synthetic testing suite that has a specialized Storage testing performance feature. It simulates storage performance while playing games, running productivity and creative programs and generates a total score based on how long each test took and the storage device behavior during its 3-set run.


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