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Author Topic: Intel Responds to Fragmentation with New X25-M Firmware  (Read 4498 times)
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« on: April 16, 2009, 02:03:20 AM »

Author: Allyn Malventano

Date: Apr 13, 2009
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel

Firmware Details, System Setup, and Pre-flash Setup
Firmware 8820 Details

Quoteth Intel: "It should be noted that any of our SSDs will see periods of reduced performance after significant random write fragmentation (white noise random fragmentation, not what Windows generally does with it’s “random” writes) as the drive cleans this all up mixed with additional data being written. This new firmware does not change this fact. What it does do is prevent the drive from getting into a state where further sequential writing will not recover the drive. You should see this with HDTach, or a large file copy, or just general use, etc. So, if a drive is in what previously seemed to be a permanently degraded state (as discussed, we still feel this is highly unlikely for a client PC user), and a user installs the new firmware they will feel an instant improvement for any sequential operations, which will get better in time as the drive cleans itself up further. This firmware will also prevent the user from getting into such a drastic state of fragmentation, and generally help ensure the sequential write performance is as good as it can be at any moment. This change really has no significant impact on random performance."


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