While there are far cheaper SSDs on the market, right now there remains only one clear winner and that margin of victory looks set to become even bigger...
The stupefyingly quick Intel X25-M today receives its first official firmware update (v8820) with Intel claiming it "has several continuous improvement optimizations intended to provide the best possible user experience with the Intel SSD."
Despite this modest description, the primary focus of the firmware is to fix issues regarding long term file fragmentation - the bane of many of a solid state drive. Good news is initial reports suggest the firmware does exactly this making the X-25M operate virtually as fast on a defragmented system as a brand new install. Even better news is the firmware can be applied to the drive without destroying your data (though Intel obviously recommends backing it up first just to be sure).
The flasher (sometimes I despair at IT phraseology) is just 2.95MB in size and comes in the form of an ISO to create a CD image. The whole process only takes a few seconds and would seem a must for anyone who was prepared to pay top dollar for cutting edge performance.
Grab the firmware update from the link below and let us know how you get on. Remember: backup just to be sure!