Super Talent issues fix for SSD performance degradation

By Justin Mann on May 15, 2009, 4:49 PM
Super Talent has issued a small but significant update to its SSD lineup today, with the announcement of a firmware change and software tool introduction. The new firmware, revision 1370, is supposedly designed to improve performance specifically when coupled with Windows 7 and should increase the maximum read and write speeds of both the UltraDrive ME and UltraDrive LE.


According to Super Talent, the UltraDrive ME will see sequential read and write speeds rise to 260MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively, while the SLC-based UltraDrive LE is said to reach 260MB/s and 210MB/s speeds. On top of the firmware treat for Super Talent SSD owners, the company also introduced the “UltraDrive Performance Refresh Tool.” This is actually the most interesting aspect of the announcement, as it addresses an increasing concern regarding the fate of SSDs: performance degradation over time.

Without going much into details, Super Talent says the new tool allows users to “refresh performance should they experience performance degradation associated with all SSDs when files become fragmented and data becomes stale.” You can read more about both announcements after the jump.

Super Talent Upgrades UltraDrive Series SSDs

New Firmware Supports TRIM and Performance Restoration Tool

San Jose, California - May 15, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, announced it is now shipping its award winning UltraDrive SSDs with Firmware version 1370 which enables improved performance when used with Microsoft® Windows® 7. Super Talent has made a firmware upgrade tool available at www.supertalent.com to allow existing owners to improve the performance of their UltraDrive SSDs.

SuperTalent has also developed an "UltraDrive Performance Refresh Tool" which users can run to refresh their performance, should they experience performance degradation associated with all SSDs when files become fragmented and data becomes stale.

With the new firmware Super Talent has increased the maximum sequential read speed of both the UltraDrive ME and UltraDrive LE to 260GB/sec max and the sequential write performance of the UltraDrive ME to 200GB/sec max and the UltraDrive LE to 210GB/sec max, delivering the world's fastest SATA 3Gb/s SSDs in a small 2.5" form factor.

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