In addition to the Plextor M7e, Plextor also revealed their new Plextor M6e Black Edition, which improves on the currently available Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe SSD.
In terms of hardware, the drive uses the same Marvell 88SS9183 controller paired with the same Toshiba A19nm toggle mode MLC NAND used in the vanilla M6e, but it receives small firmware tweaks pushing 4K random read/write performance up to 105K/100K IOPS. Sequential read/write performance remains unchanged with the drive capable of up to 770/625 MB/s over a PCIe Gen 2 x2 AHCI interface.
Plextor will also offer users a new and improved M.2 to PCIe Gen 2 x4 HHHL adapter card as well which will house the Plextor M6e Black Edition SSD. The new adapter features a beautiful black and red heatsink along with numerous LED lights to indicate when the drive is being accessed.
The biggest feature for the Plextor M6e Black Edition however is that it’ll support Plextor’s latest PlexTurbo 2.0 caching software which uses memory caching to seamlessly improve storage performance. The first iteration of this memory caching software was introduced with the Plextor M6 Pro SSD back at Computex 2014. Currently only Plextor and Samsung have seamlessly integrated memory caching software to help improve storage subsystem performance.
The Plextor M6e Black Edition is expected to be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB later this month. Pricing is still unavailable at this time.