Great drive, good price (for this one, anyway; it's still more than some similarly sized SSDs). Tom's Hardware just did a comparison of a bunch of Marvel controller SSDs[tomshardware.com], so you can get an idea of performance there. They throw in a Vertex 3 as well, to contrast against the Sandforce controlled drives.
I wish the 256GB M3 was on sale. Or even better the Pro model.
Yes, but I'd like the price to come down even more on these, say 50¢/GB. May not be soon, if the M3 is 50¢/MB, what will commodity SSDs sell for?
Also, I've read the descriptions on the Plextor site, but I'm still not clear on the difference between the M3 and the Pro. They speak of both models in about the same terms.
The differences are actually very minor. The hardware is nearly (or even entirely) identical; the only major difference is the firmware. With Marvell-controlled SSDs, the firmware can have a very large impact on performance. That's one of the reasons why there's a large performance gap between the OCZ Octane and the Crucial M4 series drives, which have very similar hardware.
I wouldn't pay a huge premium for what essentially amounts to a firmware upgrade; which is why I'd really like to see the 256GB M3 Pro under $300.
We just broke into the <$1/GB arena on some models... it's still going to be a while before drives like this hit $.50/GB. Low-end ones might be there in a year or two. But it should happen eventually.
The Plextor pro is a good bit better drive and does come with a mounting bracket. The Crucial is a lot like the Plextor and much better pricing at both newegg and at the Crucial site
The OCZ Vertex 4 has some good numbers but past drives have lacked in reliability
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