Conclusion and Final Thoughts
  • Free! (provided you already own the SSD)
  • 40% boost to write speeds for X25-M G2 160GB (up to 100 MB/sec)
  • Huge IOPS boost when the drive is in a TRIM-optimized environment
  • 80GB G2 model did not get the boost to write speeds, remaining at 80 MB/sec
  • Slight drop in non-TRIM performance as compared to the retail firmware
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Final Thoughts

Intel certainly impressed us with this new firmware release.  Patching was easy and even worked on a laptop that had trouble with previous Intel firmware patch utilities.  We would have liked to see the new 100 MB/sec limit applied to *all* G2 models, but we will take what we can get.  The SSD Toolbox app was simple and did its job in an unobtrusive manner.  Intel seems to have had the user experience in mind throughout this entire process.

After posting this I realized I have never issued my Editors Choice award to anything… ever!  When a firmware update and some extra TRIM sauce can nearly double IOPS performance of an SSD that was already king in that area, it deserves a little something from yours truly:

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You deserve it, Intel.  Keep those firmwares coming!

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