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Samsung's 840 and 840 Pro SSDs Recieve a Firmware Update

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Samsung’s 840 and 840 Pro Solid State Drives have received a new firmware update that provides the former drive with improved “read performance in specific cases” and enables DAS function as a default option for the latter.

The updates are available as both a ZIP archive to be used with Samsung’s Magician software and a bootable ISO file. The update can be downloaded from the following link.  

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    juuh , May 18, 2013 10:24 PM
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    Still don't see the need to run SSDs in my computers. When I can get a 1TB SSD for $140 get back to me.

    SSDs are not meant to be a mass storage solution, at least not for the average consumer. I've been running SSD as a system drive since 2009. And the fact that YOU want your computer to boot up slower and perform slower... well that is your prerogative.

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    juuh , May 18, 2013 10:24 PM
    Quote:
    Still don't see the need to run SSDs in my computers. When I can get a 1TB SSD for $140 get back to me.

    SSDs are not meant to be a mass storage solution, at least not for the average consumer. I've been running SSD as a system drive since 2009. And the fact that YOU want your computer to boot up slower and perform slower... well that is your prerogative.

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    flowingbass , May 18, 2013 10:28 PM
    For a mobile computer (laptop) SSDs are a wonder to have equipped. Longer battery, less heat and no annoying vibration.
    And quick boot and enter/resume from sleep, it even beats my Samsing Galaxy 10.1 when cold booting.
    And i have a habit of leaving lots of tabs on every browser i use plus a lot of background apps, constantly maxing out 8gb ram. Having that fast pagefile (12gb swap file) drive is a godsend.
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    Prosercunus , May 18, 2013 10:42 PM
    For my Desktop I still have not jumped on an SSD. My computer is always on and I have no applications that NEED a fast read and write speed.
    Now for Laptops. I absolutely must have an SSD.
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    Pyree , May 18, 2013 11:24 PM
    I want to see some benchmark before updating the firmware.
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    geost91gr , May 19, 2013 12:38 AM
    Would be very nice if we could see the performance changes this firmware brings.
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    unknown9122 , May 19, 2013 8:08 AM
    Hopefully they fixed the issues that plagued the drive on the launch date.
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    linkgx1 , May 19, 2013 10:59 AM
    Sweet. I have an 840 series on the way. SO can't wait. Thanks Samsung!
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    warezme , May 19, 2013 12:54 PM
    Following the link you guys posted leads you to softpedia that attempts to download a bunch of crapware on to your system. Don't link crap like that.
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    ssdpro , May 19, 2013 2:35 PM
    Sometimes users complain about firmware updates using the logic that it wouldn't be necessary if the release firmware "worked right". That isn't the reason at all - getting updates to functionality or bugs patched is a good thing. This is Samsung's 2nd update in 5 months I believe. No testing can catch all bugs. My only gripe here is that Samsung doesn't provide a Linux or Mac updater so I have to pull my drive and find a Windows PC. Seagate, WDC, Corsair, and OCZ all have great Windows, Linux, and Mac firmware updaters.
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    jdwii , May 19, 2013 3:19 PM
    Hey my 840SSD works great and i'm going to do the update and see if there's any performance benefit might comment back if so
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    jdwii , May 19, 2013 3:38 PM
    Ok i used Samsungs software to update as well as their benchmarking program i got this
    Before the update(ran 3 times this is the average)
    Sequential Read 518MB
    Sequential Write 388MB
    Random Read 65494 IOPS
    Random Write 53125 IOPS
    After the update(Ran 3 times this is the average)
    Sequential Read 519MB
    Sequential Write 385MB
    Random Read 64250 IOPS
    Random Write 50533 IOPS
    Actually performance declined i'm running on the Samsung Pro 128GB. I also did their performance optimization both times before benchmarking, Either way i'm running this on a Sabertooth 990FX board with a 1100T OC 3.9Ghz
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    schnitter , May 19, 2013 4:12 PM
    Link says 840 PRO only, I have the 840 500GB one and not even samsung's website shows the update.
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    drwho1 , May 19, 2013 6:12 PM
    I was having issues with this SSD been very slow.
    I did the upgrade today and now my PC boots a lot faster.
    (now it takes about 2 minutes when before this upgrade it took forever)
    Still when I first boot my PC still doesn't recognize the sound card, so I have to reboot and then I get sound. Reboot time just under 2 minutes.
    (this issue has to do with Windows 8 drivers, even when I do get sound I'm NOT getting my Sound Blaster it appears as S/PDF with some Microsoft driver that I can't get rid off)
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    inzone , May 19, 2013 8:46 PM
    Hmmmm..... The Samsung support site does not list this firmware update and yet Softpedia does ? I'll pass, until it shows up on the support site.
    The firmware listed on the Samsung support site was released Dec. 2012 and is ver.1.
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    drwho1 , May 20, 2013 3:49 AM
    http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-7PD512BW
    Direct Download
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    matt_b , May 20, 2013 9:07 AM
    "For my Desktop I still have not jumped on an SSD. My computer is always on and I have no applications that NEED a fast read and write speed."

    It's not as much about read/write speed as you may think. Where the seriously noticeable improvement is at is response time. In comparison, where read/write may be double or triple of an HDD, response can be insanely quicker at retrieving and running lots of small files - much how an OS operates. Everything suddenly becomes very quick and responsive with one. When an OS boots to the desktop from a cold boot in less than 8 seconds and files and programs you open are up and running in less than a second, you'll understand.
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    Evolution2001 , May 20, 2013 9:59 AM
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    I was having issues with this SSD been very slow.
    I did the upgrade today and now my PC boots a lot faster.
    (now it takes about 2 minutes when before this upgrade it took forever)
    Still when I first boot my PC still doesn't recognize the sound card, so I have to reboot and then I get sound. Reboot time just under 2 minutes.
    I cant speak with full authority since I don't run Win8 and I don't know your underlying hardware, but if its still taking 2 minutes to start up or shutdown, you still have a serious problem with your setup and I don't think it's your SSD. :heink:  Even the slowest SSD on slow hardware should still boot up in under a minute. Definitely NOT 2 minutes. Did you perform a funky Win8 update from Win7 or try to perform an image copy from a HDD to youe SSD? Something be wrong there, Doc.

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    inzone , May 20, 2013 10:06 AM
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    http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-7PD512BW
    Direct Download


    That is the site I was referring to and there is no updated firmware there. Dec 2012 is the latest firmware update.
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    The-Darkening , May 20, 2013 10:53 AM
    Its in the global site. Check http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads.html
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    bigbadjohnnyb , May 20, 2013 12:42 PM
    Receive....
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