Intel 750 Series SSD firmware update speeds up boot times

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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    • ForceEdge
    • 4 years ago

    Hmm, just tried the update, was fine the first reboot but then decided to soft brick itself and not show up as a device.. problem solved itself once I did a reseat and a cold boot of the system. POST times are still same, actual loading of windows has sped up to ssd-like levels, but is rather inconsistent, on some reboots it loads instantly to the desktop, on other times after inputting password it takes another 25-40 seconds before reaching the desktop. Testing with a local account instead now, will edit with results. Used to load windows in 15 seconds*

    Edit: full cold boot time: 51.22s, 12s for POST, 8s for windows, and 31s for winlogon(begs for further investigation on what is actually happening upon login) Also noticed that the ssd’s write led is on much more frequently than usual now.. (almost always on instead of only during intensive writes in the firmware prior)
    Edit2: got a timing of the faster boot: 26s: 10s for POST, 2s for windows, 15s for winlogon.

      • willmore
      • 4 years ago

      I wonder if they changed something in the metadata/indexing of the SSD and it takes a while for them to rebuilt that after a firmware update?

    • brucethemoose
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<] 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. [/quote<] Since the Samsung SM951 and Plextor M6e boot faster than any SATA SSD, and the M6e isn't even particularly fast, I find that hard to believe. [url<]https://techreport.com/review/28446/samsung-sm951-pcie-ssd-reviewed/5[/url<]

    • floodo1
    • 4 years ago

    mmm i have one of these SSDs!

    • colinstu12
    • 4 years ago

    anyone test this yet to see how much faster it is? Any improvement? As fast as SATA ssds for booting now? Faster?

      • cygnus1
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<] 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. [/quote<] Did you not catch that line, or do you just not trust/believe Intel?

    • Bauxite
    • 4 years ago

    I know people are obsessed with fast boot for “reasons” but anything that cold boots super fast is basically skipping any kind of integrity check. Those that care about their data can wait for their device to confirm it is actually ready and safe (PLP etc) to handle I/O.

      • cmrcmk
      • 4 years ago

      Do you run IBM PowerPC servers by chance? If you don’t, you should! They can take hours to boot.

        • Firestarter
        • 4 years ago

        sounds like fun!

        • DrDominodog51
        • 4 years ago

        Hours!?! Wow! That’s a big improvement over the 2 1/2 days my ARMv3 server takes! I need to buy one of those!

        /s

    • Waco
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]since PCIe devices purportedly need more time to initialize.[/quote<] Fixed that for you. 🙂

    • slaimus
    • 4 years ago

    On a related note, do you guys plan on reviewing Intel’s mainstream SSD 535? I have not seen site do a review yet even though it has been out for many months.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 4 years ago

      I would also like to see a 535 review. Might be buying a new SSD soon, and I was surprised to not see any reviews of them.

      • brucethemoose
      • 4 years ago

      As far as I know, it’s just a 530 with newer NAND. While not exactly the same, SSDs with that old SF2281 controller have been reviewed a billion times.

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