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Faked NAND clearly shows painted over OCZ logo  (Source: The SSD Review)
KingFast, OCZ, and Micron all affected by counterfeit product sent to a reviewer

Having been the guy behind the computer screen for a number of product reviews over the years, I can tell you firsthand how embarrassed PR folks from various companies get if you should run into a problem with the product they've sent you.
I can only imagine that the people at SSD maker KingFast are utterly humiliated after reports have begun making the rounds at the company sent out a counterfeit SSD with fake memory chips inside The SSD Review.

Apparently, this is the first instance of this sort of thing ever happening with an SSD. The SSD Review also says that Micron and OCZ are victims here as far as the counterfeit NAND memory. The site does point out that it doesn't believe any of the companies had knowledge of or intent to produce or distribute counterfeit SSDs. The product in question is a KingFast F3 Plus 240GB SSD that The SSD Review says was received in a sealed factory box directly from the manufacturer.

The reviewer says that they were tipped off that something wasn't quite right with the original SSD they received performed poorly and when KingFast sent out another drive that scored considerably higher on benchmarks. The publication says that it was later discovered that SSDs from KingFast exclusively used Intel memory no matter the model.

Further inspection of photographs taken for the review revealed that the NAND in the suspect drive had been covered with some sort of black coating on top to hide the OCZ logo and rebranded as a Micron module. The ensuing investigation determined that KingFast had received a batch of memory from a new supplier in December 2012, which was used to produce about 30 SSDs all of which were found and recalled.

Source: The SSD Review

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By TerranMagistrate on 2/20/2013 1:23:53 PM , Rating: -1
Had those NAND modules comes from some unknown counterfeiting Chinese manufacturer, this would not have been so bad. It really is nigh impossible to do much worse than OCZ has done with their SSD products.

By renosablast on 2/20/2013 5:44:38 PM , Rating: 5
I would strongly suggest that you read the entire article over at TheSSDReview before throwing darts at OCZ on this one. Yes, they have had some issues in the past, but this one is not their doing. NAND modules that do not meet OCZ's (and other mfrs do the same) specs are sold on the secondary market as they can still be utilized in other products such as USB drives. Whoever bought these on the open secondary market tried to "blacktop" them and stencil phony Micron ID #s on them. They were then sold to a distributor, who then sold them to Kingfast. It could just as easily have been any other brand of NAND modules purchased on the secondary market. OCZ also has some quality products that have earned excellent reputations in their own right.

By bug77 on 2/21/2013 6:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
I own two Vertex4 drives and I see nothing wrong with either.

By eagle470 on 2/21/2013 12:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
That because these modules didn't match up with OCZ quality control and were rejected.

By talikarni on 2/22/2013 2:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
That because these modules didn't match up with OCZ quality control and were rejected.

That is it exactly... these other companies buy up rejected chips to be used in less critical items like $60 tablets and so on, not to be used and rebranded like this, so someone had to have really messed something up for rejected modules to end up in a final product like this.

By swizeus on 2/28/2013 7:02:28 AM , Rating: 2
In the hands of reviewer to be exact.

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