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Plextor M7V SSD review: This SSD will put your current traditional hard drive to shame

Plextor's latest M7V is an affordable solid-state drive that will last you a long time.

Dong Ngo
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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.
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The M7V is the successor to the M6V and is Plextor's new value-priced solid-state drive (SSD). At launch the M7V has a low suggested price of $50, $71 and $146 for 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, respectively (actual street price will likely be lower). In return, its performance was slightly slower than the M6V. Still, the drive does what it's designed to do: act as a replacement drive for computers that still run on regular old hard drives. Used in this way, it will help significantly boost the computer's performance.


Plextor M7V SSD

The Good

The Plextor M7V is speedy, affordable and can handle years of constant data writing.

The Bad

The drive is a tad slower than its predecessor and doesn't include any accessories.

The Bottom Line

The Plextor M7V is a budget solid-state drive that's designed to last and will give any computer that still uses a traditional hard drive a big performance boost.

Plextor M7V SSD's specs

From factor SATA 3 (6Gbps) 2.5-inch standardSATA 3 (6Gbps) 2.5-inch standardSATA 3 (6Gbps) 2.5-inch standard
Model PX-128M7VC PX-256M7VC PX-512M7VC
Cache 256MB DDR3512MB DDR3 768MB DDR3
Controller Marvel l 88SS1074B1Marvel l 88SS1074B1Marvel l 88SS1074B1
NAND Flash tpe Toshiba Toggle 15nm TLCToshiba Toggle 15nm TLCToshiba Toggle 15nm TLC
Sequential read Up to 560 MB/sUp to 560 MB/sUp to 560 MB/s
Sequential write Up to 500 MB/sUp to 530 MB/sUp to 530 MB/s
Random read Up to 97K IOPSUp to 98K IOPSUp to 98K IOPS
Random write Up to 51K IOPSUp to 84K IOPSUp to 84K IOPS
Endurance (total data written) 80TB160TB320TB
Warranty 3 years3 years3 years

The M7V can fit in any space where a regular hard drive is used, however in a desktop, you'll want to opt for a drive bay bracket (not included) to keep it from moving around inside the case. The drive supports the latest SATA 6Gbps standard but will work with all SATA revisions.

Other high-end drives, such as the Samsung 850 Pro, tend to include a drive bay bracket, or cloning software or a USB-to-SATA cable to help you migrate to the SSD from a regular hard drive. The M7V includes none of those extras, but that's generally the case for budget SSDs.

CNET Labs' SSD data transfer performance

Crucial MX200 190.3 433.49 412.46Transcend SSD370S 150.69 311.73 390.08OCZ ACR 100 163.53 289.39 385.71OCZ Vector 180 175.3 347.32 353.67OCZ Trion 100 124.19 185.35 352.32Plextor M6v 185.41 229.27 325.53SanDisk Ultra II 126.49 210.21 319.23Plextor M7V 125.77 190.76 262.49Plextor M6S 155.34 144.78 227.89Toshiba Q300 165.67 355.6 202.7
  • As OS drive (read and write)
  • As secondary drive (write only)
  • As secondary drive (read only)
Note: Measured in megabytes per second. Longer bars indicate better performance.

In testing, the M7V did well for a value SSD. In fact in certain tests it was faster than some other budget drives, such as the Toshiba Q300 or the OCZ Triton 100.

The M7V also has a high endurance level, meaning you can write a lot of data to it before it becomes unreliable. (Read more about SSD endurance here.) Plextor says that the M7V can handle up to 80TB, 120TB and 320TB written for the 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, respectively. More specifically, if you write about 50GB of data to the 128GB capacity drive every day, it'd take some five years before its endurance ran out. The larger capacities would respectively take double and quadruple that amount of time. In regular usage, most of us don't write more than a few gigabytes per day, and most days we don't write anything to the computer's internal drive at all.

PC Mark 8 overall storage performance

Crucial MX200 4968 256.94Plextor M6v 4957 245.57OCZ ACR 100 series 4948 203.72Transcend SSD370S 4927 210.4SanDisk Ultra II 4922 208.55OCZ Vector 180 4921 204.04Plextor M7V 4903 198.14Toshiba Q300 4894 186.68OCZ Trion 100 4875 175.38
  • Storage Score
  • Storage bandwith (MB/s)
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance.

In all, while the M7V isn't the fastest standard SSD on the market, it's also not the slowest -- but it is among the most affordable. It's a good SSD that will last years with normal use and give you a noticeable performance boost over any traditional hard drive.


Plextor M7V SSD

Score Breakdown

Setup 8Features 7Performance 7Support 7
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