PlexTurbo – Smart Cache Technology

PlexTurbo is PLEXTOR's exclusive development of an intelligent “Smart Cache Technology”, using system RAM to greatly accelerate the SSD’s storage performance. In addition, PlexTurbo boosts the service life of the SSD and significantly increases access speed as well. After your PC boots up, the programs running before the last shutdown will be automatically preloaded, reducing the waiting time of running the programs. PlexTurbo also provides automatic load balancing that supports multiple drives and interfaces. Even if you use two or more PLEXTOR SSDs, you will still be able to use PlexTurbo.


1. Life Extension Mechanism

Extends life of SSD flash memory by using smart algorithms to eliminate unnecessary writes.


2. Safe Power Loss

Automatically protects against loss of data from the RAM cache during a power interruption or unexpected system crash.


3. Performance Boost

PlexTurbo includes an Intelligent Boost Engine® (IBE) technology to automatically detect hot data (frequently accessed) and cold data (occasionally accessed) and applies the best caching patterns to read or write files faster than ever.


4. Pre-Load

PlexTurbo can save the latest data and preload it in cache when you boot up the next time. This advance technology can shave precious time off when reading and opening files.


5. Cache Sharing

PlexTurbo supports the connection of multiple PLEXTOR SSDs, sharing PlexTurbo’s benefits. (Maximum enabled up to 16GB cache of system memory)


6. User Defined Cache

PlexTurbo can customize system memory cache size and release time of cache. (16GB/4hrs max.)


PlexTurbo Versions and compared with other DRAM cache technology

Sx RAPID 4.4.2 PlexTurbo (1GB) PlexTurbo (4GB) PlexTurbo (16GB)
WTP (Write Through Plus) X (Write Back) V V V
RMU (Reduce Memory Usage) X (Fixed) V V V
LEM (Life Extend Mechanism) X V V V
Seq. Speed up to (R/W) 14x / 8x 6x / 9x 15x / 15x 16x / 16x
4K QD32 Speed up to (R/W) 2.6x / 1.7x 2.3x / 2.5x 2.9x / 3x 2.9x / 3.1x
Maximum Cache Size ? 1GB 4GB 16GB
Cache Size Adjustment X V V V
Cache Release Adjustment X V V V
Read Through Cache X V V V
Multi-Disk Supported X V V V
PreLoad Function X V V V
Reset Cache/Log X V V V

PlexTurbo Supported Models

Model Name Supported Maximum Cache Size
S2C YES 1GB
S2G YES 1GB
M7V YES 1GB
M7V M.2 2280 YES 1GB
M6e / M6e Black Edition YES 16GB
M6e M.2 2280 YES 16GB
M6 PRO YES 16GB
M6S YES 4GB
M6V YES 1GB
M6GV YES 1GB
M6MV YES 1GB
M6G-2242 / M6G-2260 NO -
M6G-2280 YES 4GB
M6M YES 4GB
Legacy Models (ex. M1, M2, M3, M5 Series) NO -

System Requirements

Test results will vary with different hardware platforms and software, and systems differences may also vary to some extent; we recommend the following platform configurations:

  • CPU: minimum 1GHz clock rate or above is needed, Intel i5 or higher is recommended.
  • RAM: minimum 2GB, 8GB or more is recommended.
  • OS: supports Windows operating systems only, Win 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (x86 / x64).

Remark

  1. Does not support PAE mode.
  2. Does not support external disc drives.
  3. If there is no 4K partition alignment, it will affect the acceleration results of PlexTurbo.
  4. PlexTurbo makes exceptional use of DRAM resources. Therefore, if the performance and quality of the DRAM affects system stability after starting PlexTurbo, it is recommended to increase the amount of the DRAM or manually adjust the caching of PlexTurbo to be 1/4 the size of the system DRAM.