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Crucial M4 SSD Firmware Update (0009) Posted – Tests Display Definite Performance Increase

Crucial has posted a firmware update (0009)  for its M4 line which can be downloaded at Crucial.Com by M4 owners.

The good news is that the firmware provides significant performance increase for all capacities of the M4 SSD and Crucial has all capacities of their M4 SSD on sale now at great prices.

We initially thought this to be a typical f/w update and subsequently upgraded and tested our  Crucial M4 512GB SSD without thought.

The Vantage HDD Suite score jumped from 63076 to 68543 total points.  This was totally unexpected and great to see!

Our next step was to take a closer look at Crucials description of the update.  With the number of significant improvements, Crucial could have easily raked in the cash with a new M4 premium version SSD.  This is direct from Crucials note to us:

Increases¦

  • sequential read speeds by up to 20%
  • PCMark  Vantage benchmark scores, which results in an improved user experience in most operating systems

Improves¦

  • throughput performance
  • write latency for better performance under heavy write workloads
  • compatibility with latest chipsets
  • intermittent failures in cold boot up related to some specific host systems

Provides¦

  • users with faster boot up timescompensation for SATA speed negotiation issues between some SATA-II chipsets and the SATA-III device

We thought it only fair to show you first hand what we are seeing.  We tested our Crucial M4 128GB SSD before the upgrade (left) and then after we applied their new ver. 0009 firmware (right).  All tests conducted are fresh results and were done within an hour.

CRYSTAL DISKMARK

AS SSD BENCHMARK

PCMARK VANTAGE HDD SUITE

A quick click on the Vantage tests will bring each up full size.  The Vantage HDD Suite Score jumped from 61772 to 66432 total points.

In a nut shell, this is a great firmware update from Crucial as visible improvement is shown in any and all tests conducted.  The only downfall is that Crucial hasn’t discovered a simpler Windows based solution for the update.  The upgrade consists of  creating a bootable disk from the firmware download, changing your computers bios to IDE mode, rebooting into the DVD and following the instructions to upgrade the SSD, changing back to AHCI and rebooting back into your system.

Can it be a bit scary for the novice? 

Sure it can but Crucials instructions will help you right through it.

Is the upgrade worth the trouble?

ABSOLUTELY!!!

If I want to buy new, Where can I go??

Crucial M4 Solid State Drive Prices at Amazon

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • J-tiz

    In case others did not see my response to another person’s post, I updated the firmware on four 64GB M4′s (two per Raid0 setup.. I have two PC’s). On one PC, I was already planning on building a Raid0 array and wanted to make a fresh Win7 installation. On my other PC which already had two M4′s in Raid0.. well… after the update, Windows would not boot up. It acts as if there is no OS on the drives. I have double-checked the BIOS to make sure the right disks are being read, and of course these are the only two harddrives in my case. It reads the Raid0 array as it did before in the BIOS, but it doesn’t get to a Windows boot-up logo. OS not found… or whatever the error is. Good thing I save everything on different drives.. whew!

  • Sabandija_333

    the best the best thank you guys

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