Kingston won't provide firmware updates for recent SSDs
Posted on 16th Mar 2010 at 10:21 by Richard Swinburne with 10 comments
It's not Intel's failing though - who have released a TRIM firmware for its X25-V, and the situation is highly surprisingly given Kingston's "great relationship" with Intel.
Since the drive has already reached End of Life only a few short months after it was launched, that means Kingston has effectively dropped support for it as well. Great customer service there, Kingston.
There is a pretty elaborate hack for adding in TRIM support admittedly, which is graciously explained by a few enterprising and very clever individuals at Overclock.net.
For future features on all its drives, not just the X25-V, we've been told that Intel (and by extension Kingston) has no plan to develop any sort of manual garbage collection for those who don't use Windows 7 either. TRIM is exclusive to Win7, so the many, many people still with XP (and the few with Vista, I suppose) will not benefit.
That's just another reason to go buy a cheaper Indilinx drive who have had a years worth of firmware updates, and given its post-sales commitment, evidently not one branded Kingston.