New Intel X-25M firmware...enables TRIM...

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  1. walshlink macrumors regular

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  2. pgharavi macrumors regular

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    So is there a point of upgrading if we are just using OSX?
     
  3. vant macrumors 65816

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    ...
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Good thing this is also for the first generation X25-M. There would have been alot of angry nerds.
     
  5. Whiteyez macrumors regular

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    I'm on Mac OS X but i just did the update anyway.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    What are the procedures to install this FW update.
     
  7. vant macrumors 65816

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    Only supports the G2, not the G1.
     
  8. Whiteyez macrumors regular

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    You download the .iso file from the intel site, you burn it in a cd or you put it in a flash drive, boot from that. Long story short:
    You read the agreements: y(es)
    You wanna flash the SSD: y(es)
    You are ready :p
     
  9. brendon2020 macrumors 6502

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    is installing ssd as easy as a regular drive?
     
  10. knweiss macrumors newbie

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    Me too (for the faster sequential writes). It was a little bit strange to see FreeDOS booting on my Mac. :)

    I hope we'll see TRIM support for Snow Leopard in one of the upcoming updates.
     
  11. knweiss macrumors newbie

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    Yes, no difference regarding installation. But huge difference afterwards.
     
  12. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Installed firmware update just fine. Haven't noticed any difference yet but I'll just assume the faster write speed is there.

    Interestingly Macs don't seem to have Ctrl+Alt+Del for booting from DOS. Had to shutdown my MBP and restart it.
     
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Oh darn; you right.

    <angry nerd>
     
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    Black case vs Silver case both are supported aren't they.

     
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    What a pain in the butt having to upgrade the firmware. Had to use my work laptop's SATA port, since I couldn't get the MBP to recognize the DOS bootable disk....
     
  20. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    So only the G2's get the improvements? What benefit is there for G1 160 GB owners?

    Intel are taking the piss here

    Intel® X18-M/25-M (50nm product) Revision History

    No changes for Intel® X18-M/X25-M SATA SSD 50nm products. The most current firmware stays at 045C8820.

     
  21. jazz1 macrumors 65816

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    Is there any indication these older SSD's get a speed bump too?
     
  22. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    G2 only it seems... the SSD toolbox to perform the maintenance is for G2 only as well... but works only under Windows...
     
  23. jazz1 macrumors 65816

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    Firmware Release Notes-Some Models No Revision Change?

    In reviewing the release notes it would seem that some models have no revision change. For instance my firmware has stayed at 045C88C0. I have an 80 GB X25-M. I hate to be stupid about this, so does this mean I got no benefit from doing the firmware upgrade? I ran it and it said that "the installation was successful". Normally I would expect a firmware revision software to reject the update if it wasn't applicable?

    Anyone have any ideas on this? I ran it again and got the same response.
     
  24. vant macrumors 65816

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    The only people who benefit this are...

    TRIM Command: All G2 PC owners.

    Write Speed (Negligible?): All 160GB G2 owners.

    Everyone else: Nothing.
     
  25. no3tic888 macrumors member

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    From PC Perspectives:

    Conclusion and Final Thoughts

    PROS:

    * Free! (provided you already own the SSD)
    * 40% boost to write speeds for X25-M G2 160GB (up to 100 MB/sec)
    * Huge IOPS boost when the drive is in a TRIM-optimized environment

    CONS:

    * 80GB G2 model did not get the boost to write speeds, remaining at 80 MB/sec
    * Slight drop in non-TRIM performance as compared to the retail firmware


    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=805

    I have the 80GB G2 so I don't think I'll be upgrading the firmware anytime soon. Playing with it on my Mac Pro and waiting for my 13" MacBook Pro so I can install it. :)
     

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