WOW, I'm the first to post a comment?! This is an important issue... actually two, and I'm not sure which one is really the most significant.
OMGawd, the no TRIM in LSI/SF firmware 5.02 is a major story, that has been kept out of the PC enthusiast news stories and SSD reviews on so many PC Hardware web sites! Extreme salute to Tweak Town for finding and publishing this, your journalistic credibility is very high! All the other PC review web sites, including the well known, big names, that are not reporting this, are now forever suspect. The phrase tip of the iceberg comes to mind.
I wonder if LSI has the clout to intimidate or ask those sites to "do LSI/SF a favor..." and not report this. We all know why they would, SF SSDs with 5.02 based FW would be avoided by enthusiasts. Also, just as SF has gotten some respect back, after the FW issues they had in 2011, they don't need this at all.
Do the other web sites think they are doing the lesser of two evils, for the good of the industry (what consumer?) Since the consumer isn't really damaged when their SSD does not perform as well as it could or should, but the SSD industry would be at least temporarily damaged if this fact was generally released to the public. Think of all the non-enthusiasts that are not up to updating FW, the RMAs will be piling up.
Then there is the FUD factor, where any issue, real of imagined, is amplified by the masses ("... all SF SSDs don't have TRIM!"), which I can sympathize with... to a degree.
Regarding a quick fix for this issue, yes if it was a one or two lines of code thing, then the testing and validation could occur faster, but otherwise, two weeks is a blink of the eye for software validation. Sure, some companies pump out FW all the time, while Intel spent up to a year validating the SF 2281 SSD controller and FW. Intel has custom FW for their SF drives, which is not that unusual, since using purely stock FW is apparently rare. Then again, the Intel FW is mentioned in most of their SF SSD reviews, because it matters.
I can't explain why more people aren't outraged by the bigger issue, the general non-reporting of this issue in the PC enthusiast press, or is that censorship? I haven't decided how I completely feel about this, since we may not have all the information (spin?) about it. But if a comment posted under the article about a manufacture censoring a post about this topic is true, that speaks volumes.
Thanks to Tweak Town for printing this info, you've earned my respect.