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contrary to popular belief, not all sandforce firmware is created equal. i know sandforce supplies the firmware with their controllers for corsair, ocz and a few others but i know for a fact that intel writes their own firmware for the controller. thats one of the reason you really dont hear about issues with their SSDs.

This ^^^^^

I'd love to have the Intel/Sandforce firmware running my V3 max iops. As is, I know there are still issues with all brands with Sandforce released firmware for all other makes of the drive.
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true. i would love to test out the intel 520 series ssd, but the price is just crazy for one of those things. smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif
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So intel write their own? What controllor does the 520 use?
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the SF-2281 controller . the firmware is deloped by Intel to improve performance
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Originally Posted by firestorm1 View Post

the SF-2281 controller . the firmware is deloped by Intel to improve performance

Not necessarily. Sandforce opened their firmware to Intel for fixes and optimizations, and over the past year Intel has gone through and done exactly that with the firmware for the SF2281 controller, along with the obvious extensive validation testing. The result is about as close to a bug-free SF2281 drive as you can get, and it does have slightly better performance than other Sandforce drives, as well. Still lags a bit in 4k random reads/writes, though.

Also, BradleyW, might want to look here: http://www.overclock.net/t/213290/ wink.gif Tator will stamp the thread when it gets long enough legs so don't worry about it.
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ah. thanks for that info. i know intel and sandforce are working together, i just didnt know to what extent.
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Does the agility 3 series use SF 2281 with Intels fixes?
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post #18 of 268
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Does the agility 3 series use SF 2281 with Intels fixes?

No, only Intel has their special firmware fixes, other companies do not get it...at least not now anyways.
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Intel's strenuous validation will eventually make SandForce's drives better for everyone, but for now the Cherryville firmware remains exclusive. Intel wouldn't go on record with details of its arrangement with SandForce, but from what I've managed to piece together the Intel Cherryville firmware is exclusive for a limited period of time. That exclusivity agreement likely expires sometime after the SF-2281 is replaced by a 3rd generation controller. There are some loopholes that allow SandForce to port bug fixes to general partner firmware but the specific terms aren't public information. The important takeaway is anything fixed in Intel's firmware isn't necessarily going to be fixed in other SF-2281 based drives in the near term. This is an important distinction because although Cherryville performs very similarly to other SF-2281 drives, it should be more reliable.

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Ill Join smile.gif I have a Corsair F40, F120 and Force 3 60gb. Great drives!
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I'm in, just because I like joining things. Pair of 120GB ForceGT here. So pretty and red. Thinking about trading them out for Patriot Pyro SE drives to match my new orange theme.

Here is RAID 0 bench:

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And health on both drives after a month in RAID:

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Since it seems to have no ill effects, it will go back in RAID when I set up the new machine.
Edited by Scorpion49 - 2/20/12 at 7:37am
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