Intel Releases SSD Toolbox 3.0 Software

The new Intel SSD Toolbox offers a new visual interface, with pie-charts and all. With the new interface, you see your drives as tabs across the top, with the Intel drives listed first. You are able to see vital information for your Intel SSD, including: Model Number, Capacity, Firmware version, Drive Health, and Estimated Drive Life Remaining (useful for those worried about drive life). The toolbox provides SMART attributes and IDENTIFY DEVICE information for Intel SSDs and non-Intel SSDs.

Going down the tabs on the side of the toolbox, you see tools for:

  1. Optimizing the performance of an Intel SSD using Trim functionality
  2. Updating the firmware on a supported Intel SSD (see below for more details)
  3. Running either a quick or full diagnostic scans to test the read and write functionality of an Intel SSD
  4. Checking and tuning your system settings for optimal Intel SSD performance, power efficiency, and endurance
  5. Viewing your system information and hardware configuration, such as central processing unit (CPU), chipset, controller name, and driver versions
  6. Running Secure Erase on a secondary Intel SSD
Intel SSD Toolbox 3.0

Intel SSD Toolbox 2.0


The Intel SSD Toolbox supports firmware updates on the following Intel SSDs: 

Intel® Solid-State DriveLatest Firmware Version
Intel® Solid-State Drive 710 Series6PB10362
Intel® Solid-State Drive 320 Series4PC10362
Intel® Solid-State Drive 311 Series2CV102M5
Intel® Solid-State Drive 310 Series
Intel® X18-M / X25-M SATA SSDs (34nm)2CV102M3
Intel® X25-V SATA SSD


The Intel SSD Toolbox does not support firmware updates on the following Intel SSDs. To update the firmware on these SSDs, use the Intel® SATA Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool.

Intel® Solid-State DriveLatest Firmware Version
Intel® Solid-State Drive 510 SeriesPPG2 or PPG4  (120GB SSD)
PWG2 or PWG4 (250GB SSD)
Intel® X18-M/X25-M SATA SSDs (50nm)045C8820
Intel® X25-E SATA SSD (50nm)045C8850


The SSD Toolbox 3.0 can be downloaded for free at Intel's website.

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  • joe nate
    Very nice. After updating my firmware I installed Intel SSD Toolbox 3.0. Still says my drive is at 100% estimated life remaining. I rarely ever think to check for updates, so thanks to tom's hardware, I did!
  • alyoshka
    Yeah, I updated mine 2 days ago...... works like a wonder and looks better, even feels better. The Firmware Update tabs cool.Nice...
    Overall a very nice updated tool.
  • Lutfij
    hmmm - after reading this i'm definitely going to wait out for lower priced SSD's that have a good life expectancy.