Plextor will announce its new generation of consumer and industrial grade solid state drive (SSD) products during Computex 2016, including the M8Pe series for professional gamers and the EX1 portable external SSD. Plextor's latest M8Pe series inherits the performance of Plextor's professional gaming SSDs and features a new heat sink design to reduce the SSD's operating temperature, prevent shortening the SSD's service life due to overheating. At the same time, the SSD features optimum temperature control in order to maintain the computer's maximum operating speed. Besides the large heat sink, the M8Pe is also equipped with illuminating components.
The M8Pe is Plextor's first product that supports the NVMe protocol; it is also the first to adopt the latest generation of PCIe Gen 3 x 4 high-speed interface, capable of achieving very high read/write transmission speeds.
The Plextor M8Pe family of SSDs will be based on Marvell’s 88SS1093 controller as well as Toshiba’s 15nm MLC NAND flash memory.
The M8Pe drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations. Plextor says that the M8Pe 1 TB will offer up to 2500 MB/s for sequential reads and up to 1400 MB/s for sequential writes. The highest-capacity M8Pe can perform up to 280K random read IOPS as well as up to 240K random write IOPS.
The new M8Pe flagship drives will be available in both add-in PCIe 3.0 x4 card as well as M.2-2280 versions.
Plextor will also officially announce its EX1 portable external SSD during Computex. The drive comes in three different capacities: 128 , 256, and 512 GB, and uses the latest USB3.1 Type-C interface to provide a speed of 500 MB per second and above, which significantly exceeds that of traditional USB slots.