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We've long come to regard Plextor as one of the best makers of consumer-class SSDs. The company’s products combine high performance with reliability and come with a long warranty. They are not as affordable as we might wish, yet low price and high quality are hard to come by in one device.

Launching their new M5 Pro and M5S series, Plextor tried to expand their target audience a little. Compared to the previous SSDs from the M3 and M3 Pro series, the new series stand out more, both in performance and in market positioning. While the Plextor M5 Pro is a premium-class product claiming to be the fastest SATA 6 Gbit/s solution available, the M5S is meant for the mainstream sector. And our tests suggest that both have a good chance of reaching their goals.

To be more specific, the Plextor M5S is as fast as the M3 but at a more affordable price. It means that it is fast enough even according to today’s standards and can make a good choice for mainstream systems. Considering that it's based on a time-tested platform with Marvell 88SS9174 controller, then M5S series should be on top of your list, if your budget is limited.

The Plextor M5 Pro is, in its turn, worthy of the champion title. This is the first SSD to bring the platform based on the new Marvell 88SS9187 controller to the market, which turns out a great success. Our tests showed that this product was one of the fastest consumer-class SSDs available today. It will surely be appreciated by enthusiasts who do not mind its high price.

That’s why we are proud to award our Editor’s Choice title to the Plextor M5 Pro SSD series. So far this is the fastest SSD with SATA 6 Gbit/s interface in our lab:

Some time ago we started to fill in a summary table with test results of various SSDs. It contains basic hardware information about the tested SSDs and allows to quickly determine the general position of a particular model among its competitors in terms of relative performance:

 
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