Thursday News Roundup: New Software and Hardware tools

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Wednesday brought a handful of minor news items, courtesy of, specifically focused around hardware.

Crucial Firmware Updated

New firmware for Crucial’s M4 SSDs brings a speed increase of 20% for sequential reads. The new firmware, 0009, can be directly downloaded from Crucial’s website. The update only applies to the following models: CT064M4SSD2 (64 GB), CT0128M4SSD2 (128 GB), CT0256M4SSD2 (256 GB), and CT0512M4SSD2 (512 GB). There are other performance enhancements targeted at AHCI compatibility, lower latency and an overall increase in throughput. (Original article)

Digital Storm TEC Cooling

Digital Storm releases the Cryo-TEC Cooling System, which is a new and redesigned version of their Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system. This new design is more powerful, takes up less space and uses direct contact heat dissipation. Their page shows a -14C reading at idle on a i7-990 but does not indicate full load temps – load temps would not hold subzero. There are a few Digital Storm machines that are available for purchase that feature this system:

  • Cryo-TEC Level 1: Intel Core i7-2600K, 8 GB DCh-DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580, 1 TB HDD
  • Cryo-TEC Level 2: Intel Core i7-980, 12 GB TCh-DDR3, 2x GeForce GTX 580 SLI, 1 TB HDD
  • Cryo-TEC Level 3: Intel Core i7-990X, 12 GB TCh-DDR3, 2x GeForce GTX 580 SLI, 1 TB HDD
  • Cryo-TEC Level 4: Intel Core i7-990X, 12 GB TCh-DDR3, 3x GeForce GTX 580 SLI, 120 GB SSD

Gigabyte SATA Mode Switching Tool

Gigabyte has a SATA Mode Switching Tool that is now available for download. Currently, it works with their Intel 6-series boards (H61, H67, P67, and Z68). It doesn’t change the mode real-time, from within Windows, instead it simply changes the setting within the BIOS. When the machine is rebooted, the new setting will go into effect. This allows you to skip the BIOS, select AHCI/IDE/SATA directly from within Windows, and then reboot. Not exactly game changing, but perhaps it could be useful in certain situations.


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