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Data Storage

Submission + - Intel adds TRIM to SSDs, bumps write speeds (pcper.com) 3

Vigile writes: Intel is releasing an update for some existing solid state drives that should improve performance in quite a few circumstances. First, as promised by Intel upon their introduction, the "G2" X25-M is getting support for the TRIM command that enables the operating system and SSD to improve performance by keeping track of deleted flash blocks. This TRIM update will only be applied to the "G2" 34nm SSDs — users that bought the first Intel X25-Ms are out of luck. The other big news is a boost in write speeds on the X25-M G2 drives — from 80 MB/s to 100 MB/s. There is one big caveat though — this speed boost ONLY applies to the 160GB model of the 34nm X25-M, not the 80GB model. There appears to be no technical reason for this differentiation as both drives use the same controller and flash memory but Intel obviously chose to force the market to lean towards the larger drive. It's also interesting to note that Intel was able to "flip a switch" and boost write speeds on identical hardware: how much more headroom can they unlock on these SSDs?

Comment Re:of course it means something numbnuts (Score 5, Interesting) 300

Absolutely. I want to be able to walk into a store, buy some random piece of hardware and be absolutely sure that it will work under Linux. I don't care how many people use Linux, I just want to make my own personal choice to use it easier.

The question is, what market share is required to achieve this? I'm betting it's fairly low, I mean, even at 1% we are starting to see some traction. Boxes with Linux pre-installed are available from major manufacturers (albeit in a limited and hidden manner), more and more hardware makers are starting to produce drivers or release specs so the community can (I'm looking at ATI here).

If we are getting all this at 1%, then surely full-support can't need a huge amount more, I'd guess at 10% we should be good. How long it will take to get there is another question.

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