This morning Plextor launched their new M6e PCIe SSD. Their press blast appears after the break, but before you do so, check out the pics we grabbed earlier today:
The M6e is essentially an interposer board that simply interfaces the Marvell controller / Toshiba flash M.2 PCIe SSD to a standard desktop class PCIe connector. This solution is slower than the upcoming SF3700 solution being implemented by Kingston and ADATA, but this product is shipping now, while the SF3700 will not be production ready for at least another six months time.
Full press blast appears below:
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Plextor Announces M6e PCI Express SSD For Gaming, Compatibility, Reliability, And Ultra-High Performance
Fast loading, smooth, uninterrupted gaming becomes a reality asPlextor launches the M6e, a high-performance PCI-e gaming SSD with driver-free ACHI support and selectable legacy BIOS/fast UEFI booting
Fremont, CA, January 8, 2014—Plextor (www.plextor.com), a leading developer of high-performance digital storage technology, announces the launch of the M6e PCI-e, the first SSD specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of the gaming community. The M6e PCI-e SSD uses a new generation of high-bandwidth components to deliver smooth, uninterrupted gameplay and gets the player to excel to the next level. It combines the convenience of driver-free ACHI support with the compatibility of selectable legacy BIOS or fast UEFI boot.
The Plextor M6e delivers maximum sequential read/write speeds of 770/625 MB/s and random read/write speeds of 105K/100K IOPS. The PCI-e Gen2x2 interface bypasses the SATAIII bottleneck, includes the latest server-grade multicore Marvell 88SS9183 controller with native PCI 2.0 support, and a pre-graded high performance Toshiba Toggle NAND flash.
The M6e’s exclusive firmware, developed by Plextor’s in-house elite team optimizes the drive for gaming applications and ensures stability.Plextor’s legendary True Speed technology is also one of the features that provide a new improved version for long-term performance stability and effective multi-tasking.
With convenient Advanced Host Controller Interface (ACHI) support,Plextor M6e owners get to experience the speed of a high-performance PCIe SSD without the need to load propriety drivers. Compatibility with legacy BIOSes allows the M6e to be used with existing gaming rigs for flexibility. Alternatively selecting the UEFI boot mode for motherboards with UEFI provides incredibly fast start-up times.
Along with performance and stability, the Plextor M6e SSD meets another key need of professional gamers: extreme reliability. In the world’s most advanced SSD testing facilities, the drive was put through rigorous testing and was required to meet Plextor’s
Zero-Failure Zero-Error mass testing standard; the result is a MTBF calculated at 2.4 million hours. For stability, every individual SSD faces an extended high-temperature burn-in test and usage simulation.Plextor’s strict testing and tough quality control is the reassurance of the M6e’s full five-year warranty and Plextor’s extensive support structure.
“Plextor has built a close relationship with the gaming community, so it is natural that we’re the first to provide an SSD that meets its specific needs,” said Zhang Yaping, M6e product manager. “Modern games push systems to their limits; by getting data from storage to the graphics card and into RAM fast, even under heavy load, the M6e makes the gameplay experience smoother and better. We’ve also optimized the M6e to perform smoothly with a large variety of games so it’s suitable for use by all types of players.”
The Plextor M6e PCI-e SSD is available now and comes in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.