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Crucial m4 SSD Review (Firmware 0009) Discussion


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#1 Brian

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:29 AM

Last week Crucial updated their firmware for the m4 family of SSDs. The new m4 firmware, version 0009, is a direct update for retail drives that shipped either with firmware version 0001 or 0002. While firmware 0009 patches bugs and improves on compatibility with host systems, the highlight is Crucial's claim that sequential read speeds have been improved by up to 20%. That's a huge step up so we put our original version firmware up against the new m4 firmware in this review to see just how much difference firmware can make in the performance of an SSD.

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#2 [ETA]MrSpadge

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 04:08 PM

Impressive! I wonder how the 64 GB model compares to a SF 2281 64 GB.

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#3 Brian

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:28 AM

Good question, we haven't seen any of the small cap drives, though the little m4 on paper at least is handily outmatched. We are expecting a 128GB m4 and will run it through the system.

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#4 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:56 AM

Just got a 64 and 128 m4 in today and already on the test rig. Should have our results next week.

#5 mike2h

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 12:48 PM

i am/was going to get a samsung 470 64 gig for a gaming hd. with speed not being the primary factor for my purchase would the m4 be a better pick as far as reliabilty/endurance?

#6 Brian

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:26 PM

They're both at the head of the class for those factors, I'd feel good either way. That said, Samsung has a new drive due out in a couple weeks, I'd probably hold out for that.

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#7 TSullivan

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:28 PM

Well if nothing else, hold out until its released so you know how all the main contenders stack up against eachother.



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