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    Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Crucial has just released a new firmware for the m4 drives which increases performance quite significantly.
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    http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx

    My benchmarks before/after (128GB model advertised speeds Read 415MB/s, Write 175MB/s)


    After




    Overclockers currently has a sale on crucial drives
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/search...m_medium=email

    £148.94 from scan for 128GB model
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cruci...-write-175mb-s
    Last edited by sam3; 01-09-2011 at 12:56 AM. Reason: overcolckers sale link added

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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    I gave it a go; some improvements.

    AS SSD [Before (0001) --> After (0009)]




    CrystalDiskMark [Before (0001) --> After (0009)]


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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    I gave it a go; some improvements.

    ......
    Are you using sata II (3gb/s)? - your performance seems quite low
    (the 64GB model Read 415MB/s, Write 95MB/s)
    (the 128GB model Read 415MB/s, Write 175MB/s)

    My becnhmarks were done using sata III (6gb/s) and AHCI enabled (sata II has a limit of around 300 MB/s - so including overhead it looks like Sata II is the bottleneck of your ssd performance)

    There are quite a lot of people here who have had significant performance boosts too
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...rmance-Preview
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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by sam3 View Post
    Are you using sata II (3gb/s)? - your performance seems quite low
    (the 64GB model Read 415MB/s, Write 95MB/s)
    (the 128GB model Read 415MB/s, Write 175MB/s)

    My becnhmarks were done using sata III (6gb/s) and AHCI enabled (sata II has a limit of around 300 MB/s - so including overhead it looks like Sata II is the bottleneck of your ssd performance)

    There are quite a lot of people here who have had significant performance boosts too
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...rmance-Preview
    Now that you mention it, I had a look at the bench I ran when I built the machine:



    Low performance indeed, I'll investigate tommorow.

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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Certainly a performance boost seen, great support from Crucial! Went from a score of 600ish to 670ish in AS SSD. More than a 10% boost in score and over 20% boost in sequential read speeds for me.

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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Now that you mention it, I had a look at the bench I ran when I built the machine:
    ................

    Low performance indeed, I'll investigate tommorow.
    Also you may want to update your achi driver instead of using the default microsoft ahci (msachi) driver
    For amd chipsets the ahci driver is included in ccc - you can also check your motherboards manufacturer website (though ahci drivers from these tend to be quite old).

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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Crucial M4 SSD Firmware Update (0009) Posted – Tests Display Definite Performance Increase
    http://thessdreview.com/latest-buzz/...ance-increase/

    Crucial m4 SSD Review (Firmware 0009)
    http://www.storagereview.com/crucial..._firmware_0009

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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Now that you mention it, I had a look at the bench I ran when I built the machine:



    Low performance indeed, I'll investigate tommorow.
    I'm also running on SATA-II and my performance is quite a bit lower than expected (still fast though). I'll post benchies when I get in later to confirm speeds! Nice to see that SATA-II performance increases regardless though .
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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Ok; I may sound stupid here but I need to do this update off a usb stick. Does anyone know how to do this? Is it simply a case of drag and drop or do I need to make it bootable somehow?
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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by funke_munke View Post
    Ok; I may sound stupid here but I need to do this update off a usb stick. Does anyone know how to do this? Is it simply a case of drag and drop or do I need to make it bootable somehow?
    hmm not sure about that one - you can try extracting the files from the iso and copying them to your usb device to see if it works. It appears to be linux based and i don't use linux much
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    Re: Crucial m4 firmware 0009 released - large performance boost

    Quote Originally Posted by funke_munke View Post
    Ok; I may sound stupid here but I need to do this update off a usb stick. Does anyone know how to do this? Is it simply a case of drag and drop or do I need to make it bootable somehow?
    Use either Unetbootin to make it boot with the iso file or follow this tutorial.

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