I nearly pulled the trigger on this drive a few times, but all the talk about proper TRIM lacking on these scared me away. After seeing the benchmarks on the Samsung 840 Pro drives, I think I'll be waiting for those to drop. This seems like a decent price for those interested, though.
what about the firmware issues with this people are barking about?
I have read the customer service is really bad also.
The firmware issue means TRIM is not fully functional for a subset of users. If your OS doesn't support TRIM (like XP) or disables it, it made no difference to begin with. It doesn't affect the reliability of the drive, just that deleted blocks may not get recovered as quickly on some OSes where TRIM is supported, but will be handled during the course of normal BGC.
Some interim firmware was written for various vendors but not every company chose to release every version because none fully have been proven to correct the TRIM issue and some are awaiting WhQL.
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