Crucial m4 SSD firmware update boosts performance


— 9:36 AM on August 29, 2011

Since we've been recommending Crucial's m4 SSD in recent editions of our system guide, it's only appropriate that we let you know about the drive's latest firmware revision. Version 0009 was released on Friday, and you can grab it for 64, 128, 256, and 512GB flavors of the m4 right here.

So, what's on the menu for the new release? A heaping helping of performance improvements. Crucial says the 0009 firmware boosts the m4's sequential read speeds by 20%. Throughput is up overall, according to the official release notes, and you can expect quicker boot times and lower write latencies. The latest firmware release will also improve the drive's PCMark Vantage score, Crucial says.

In addition to speeding the m4's performance, the new firmware addresses issues with chipset compatibility and a bug that caused the drive to fail intermittently on a cold boot. Those problems don't appear to have impacted many folks, though. The m4 still has one of the best user-review records on Newegg, at least among the latest generation of SSDs. Stay tuned for a closer look at the m4's performance with its latest firmware.

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