Crucial has recently released a firmware update for their m4 SSD line that, according to Tomshardware, gives up to a 20% performance boost in sequential read speeds. As SSDs pretty much depend on firmware for performance, upgrading is highly recommended. It's an .iso file that you download, burn to a DVD, and install. I believe Windows has a built-in .iso burner, but if you have problems or want a better program, check out ImgBurn. It's free, and is actually pretty awesome. Download the firmware here.
- Changes made in version 0002 (m4 can be updated to revision 0009 directly from either revision 0001 or 0002)
- Improved throughput performance.
- Increase in PCMark Vantage benchmark score, resulting in improved user experience in most operating systems.
- Improved write latency for better performance under heavy write workloads.
- Faster boot up times.
- Improved compatibility with latest chipsets.
- Compensation for SATA speed negotiation issues between some SATA-II chipsets and the SATA-III device.
- Improvement for intermittent failures in cold boot up related to some specific host systems.