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Research firm calls out one of the largest system makers with 20-30 percent SSD drive failures or performance Issues

Solid-state drives have been all the hype in the last year and touted as holding the potential to beat out traditional hard drives in performance and reliability due to the use of non-volatile NAND flash memory. Though high prices are still typical for PCs shipping with SSDs, that barrier hasn't stopped consumers from getting their hands on a computer or device that features one.

Currently, an upgrade to a 64GB solid-state drive can cost the consumer a premium of $650 or more depending on the computer manufacturer -- a premium many are willing to pay for even the slightest increase in performance. Dell offers a 64GB SSD upgrade from a 250GB 5400RPM drive for about $720 in its XPS flavored notebooks.

A recent study done by Avian Securities, LLC. charges that one of the largest system manufacturers has an SSD failure rate of 20-30%. The study did not specifically state any names or name a system manufacturer as the culprit. However, Dell later confirmed that the reports were about itself, but went on to deny the numbers Avian Securities had come up with.

In a rebuttal at Direct2Dell.com, a Dell insider states, "Here's the real story: the 20 - 30% failure and return rates cited by Avian Securities don't even vaguely resemble what's happening in our business. It's also true that Avian did not contact us while doing their research. Said another way, it's just not true."

Avian Securities states that 10-20% of systems from Dell are being sent back to the manufacturer due to technical failure while the rest are returned for reasons of lackluster performance.

The Dell insider goes on to back up the reliability of SSDs in Dell systems compared to traditional hard drives. "Our global reliability data shows that SSD drives are equal to or better than traditional hard disk drives we've shipped. Beyond that, return rates for SSDs are in line with our expectations for new technology and an order of magnitude better than rates reported in the press."

Aside from the Direct2Dell blog rebuttal, there has been no official statement from Dell regarding Avian Securities' claims. Dell hasn't published any numbers regarding the actual return rates of machines with defective or low performing SSDs.


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To believe or not to believe
By crystal clear on 3/20/2008 7:35:52 AM , Rating: 3
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Aside from the Direct2Dell blog rebuttal, there has been no official statement from Dell regarding Avian Securities' claims. Dell hasn't published any numbers regarding the actual return rates of machines with defective or low performing SSDs.


Avian Securities claims ARE DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE because they do not give supporting information/data to back up those claims.

To quote a figure of 20 to 30%, has to be backed with relevant (statistical) data which is lacking.

Next whats are their motives behind such announcements & claims.

Next who manufactures these SSDs marketed by Dell.

Any OEM of any repute may it be Tier 1 or 2 have a return rate.
Now what percentage figure is considered normal & what % is considered as alarming or critical.

Dell P.R/Marketing should act decisively to prevent a drop in sales.

I remember D.T. use to publish articles on return/failure rate for the Xbox in the past,which eventually turned to be not only true but very alarming & critical for M.S.

Dell can send these SSDs to some independent organization like a university for rigorous testing & publish their results of such tests.

It should be interesting to read these test results & then draw the necessary conclusions.




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