Plextor has announced a new line of SSDs, the M5S Series. The drives are based on a Marvell 88SS9174 controller and use 25nm-based NAND flash, which helps read and write speeds hit 520MB/s and 390MB/s respectively. Random read and write speeds are rated at 73,000 and 70,000 IOPS. Plextor is aiming the drives at those looking to make the jump from traditional hard drives to solid state drives for the first time.
Three capacities of the drive will be offered: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The 64GB model will cost around £78 (~$122), the 128GB drive will be £126 (~$197), and the 256GB will command a £220 (~$345) price tag. Plextor will also be offering its PlexTools software for free, allowing customers to upgrade firmwares when there are updates, plus monitor the drives for any problems.
Plextor say that the drives should be available to buy towards the end of July from various retailers. If you’re in the market for a new solid state drive or you’re making the jump for the first time, maybe give these a look.