Intel Updates X25-M Gen2 SSD Firmware for Performance BoostCategory: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 26, 2009 02:59PM
After the recent release of Windows 7 with its support for the TRIM feature, Intel has now released an updated firmware for its second generation X25-M solid state drives that will allow users to take advantage of this. The update also offers some general performance improvements, particularly to sequential write speeds (an area where Intel drives lag behind some of the competition). HotHardware has been testing out the new firmware and can confirm that it does indeed offer a considerable boost (getting close to the 40% claimed by Intel in some cases). Read speeds are basically unchanged, but there is more good news in the shape of the SSD Toolbox software with SSD Optimizer that enables users to check up on the drives condition. More importantly for those without Windows 7, it also enables you to run the TRIM commands manually, therefore optimizing the performance of the drive under XP or Vista. Intel recommends running the commands once a day and allows you to automate the process.
You can download both the updated firmware and the SDD Toolbox from Intel's website.