Over the past few years, our interest has increased a lot in M.2 SSD testing, and today we feel that the first affordable power / pro SSD user solution is at hand. We were able to spend some time with one and do some benchmarks to find how fast it is. The one we reviewed is the Raijin PCIe M.2 SSD. In it, the adapter card is not the source of the boot (the SSD itself is).
Here are the specs of it.
PCI Express 2.0 x4 electrical & x8 physical lanes
Serial ATA Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)
SSD enhanced SMART ATA feature set
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) command set
M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD Adapter Benchmarks
It is capable of 740 MB/s read speed. Write speeds are listen at 640 MB/s for the 512GB, 575 MB/s for the 256GB and 330MB/s for the 128GB capacity. While we did not test it on Mac OS X (it is fully compatible with it), we were blown away by our testing on PC based system. It was truly no less than impressive. What’s more, it comes with 3 year warranty.
The aforementioned speeds are taken from company’s website. In the PCMark Vantage test, we achieved transfer speeds of 550 MB/s, which is exactly what we expected from it.
Not a lot of people know that the Raijin M.2 PCIe SSD is basically a Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe X2 SSD encased within a HHHL PCIe 3.0 X4 adapter card. It has a clear metal casing cover over the SSD.