Plextor M8Pe SSDs Powered by Marvell Eldora Coming Soon

Posted by at 10:14 am on January 13, 2016

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At CES this year Plextor seems to be the only company rolling Marvell’s Eldora controller into a retail product.

Plextor doesn’t seem to be too concerned with heat on the Eldora 8-channel NVMe controller after slapping a newly-designed heatsink on the add-in card (AIC) version. The company even built a small heatsink that wraps around the M.2 card. Time will tell how the M8Pe holds up under heavy testing.

Plextor has used large heatsinks in the past with Marvell-based PCIe SSD products. The new M8Pe looks really good. The add-in card design is stunning and a big upgrade over the older M6e Black Edition SSD we tested two years ago.

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The M.2 version takes the same form as the AIC but obviously in a much smaller package. We’ve tried to verify the M.2 size spec for the Z-height but have come up short so far. This drive may have issues in some notebooks, but we’ve yet to see a desktop motherboard that will pose a problem because most use a tall standoff.

One of the most impressive aspects of this drive is that Plextor managed to cram 1 TB of flash into a small 2280 form factor using Toshiba 15nm MLC flash.

Plextor did not desclose pricing details, but we will not have to wait long for the M8Pe. We were told to expect retail availability in April 2016.

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