Plextor outs M3S SSD: SATA III and an 'ironclad' five-year warranty from $199

Harken to the news of Plextor's latest 2.5-inch SSD, which beats previous offerings with three things you can't complain about: a lower price, a modest spec bump and an extra two annums beyond the usual three-year warranty. The M3S employs SATA III and a Marvell controller to deliver speeds of 525MB/s and 445MB/s for sequential reads and writes, and 70,000 and 65,000 IOPS for random reads and writes. The lowest 128GB capacity will sell for $200 from the end of this month, alongside a 256GB variant for $350 and -- from early next year -- 512GB for $700. The company's proprietary True Speed software is also in attendance, which claims to preserve "like-new" rapidity even as the drive fills up with fragmented data. You'll find further specs in the PR after the break, but alas it has none of the third-person narrative flair we saw last time.

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M3S SSD Series Features True Speed Technology and Five Year Warranty

Fremont, CA, November 16, 2011- Plextor LLC (, leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and storage equipment, announces the release of its latest Solid State Drive, the M3S Series. The M3S is a 2.5" form factor SSD featuring True Speed technology and an extended five-year ironclad warranty.

The M3S Series is available in three capacities: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The M3S delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 525/445 MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 70,000/65,000 IOPS.

The M3S features exclusive firmware with True Speed technology, including Plextor's proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies that optimize performance. True Speed is designed to prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented. True Speed technology will maintain the M3S' high performance and read/write speeds at like-new levels throughout the life of the drive.

Plextor strives to exceed industry standards with rigorous benchmark testing; before leaving the factory, each Plextor SSD is put through a 20-hour high temperature burn-in test and an intense simulation of real world environments. As a result, Plextor SSDs have a 0.59% average annual failure rate, which is one of the lowest in the industry.

"The M3S has all of the key components Plextor strives for – fast performance, the latest technology, reliability, and quality. It's not just speed that matters to Plextor, but high performance that can be sustained after years of intensive use and continuous operation." said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager.

Furthermore, M3S SSDs uses the latest SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) interface, Marvell's server-grade controller, and Toshiba 24nm NAND flash. Also supported by the flash is a 1.8V power mode, providing the M3S with extremely low-power consumption making it a very eco-friendly product.
Additional features of the M3S include an award winning disk cloning, backup, and analysis utility, making it easy and fuss-free to migrate data from a traditional HDD to an SSD. It also comes with a 3.5" mounting bracket and screws for desktop installation making it ideal for both laptop and desktop installations.

The M3S offers a perfect solution for businesses, power users, serious gamers, system integrators, and anyone who demands a drive with high efficiency and fast performance. The M3S 128GB and 256GB will be available in late-November 2011 with an MSRP of $199.99 and $349.99 respectively. M3S 512GB will be available in the first quarter of 2012 with an MSRP of $699.99.