A while back, we reviewed Intel's 750 Series PCIe SSD and came away impressed by its performance. There was a fly in the ointment, though. For some inexplicable reason, booting an OS off one of these drives is pretty darn slow—at least, until today. Intel has released a firmware update for the 750 Series drives that should help alleviate the lengthy boot time issue.
Users can download the latest Intel Solid-State Drive Data Center Tool to run the upgrade. The new firmware update will also be available in upcoming versions of Intel's SSD Toolbox and Firmware Update Tool. Even with the update, Intel notes that booting off a 750 Series drive will likely still take a bit longer than SATA drives, since PCIe devices reportedly need more time to initialize.
Owners that have installed the firmware update report a substantial improvement in boot times, so if you have a 750 Series drive in your system, be sure to check out the update.
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