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Up until this report, we have yet to see any instances of counterfeit SSDs. This analysis provides pictures, identification and full analysis of a fake SSD, offering the consumer a tool to assist should they ever believe that their SSD ‘just isn’t quite what it seems’.
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As much as it seems a bit unusual that we cannot locate prior instances of fake or counterfeit SSDs, we would never have predicted our own receipt of a counterfeit SSD in a sealed package, and from the manufacturer directly. We guarantee the manufacturer never expected this review.
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In the case of this SSD, all eight modules of NAND flash memory had been coated with a hard black coating and re-designated as Micron Memory with a product number of 29F256G08CJAAA. Accordingly, this specific memory was labeled as Micron 25nm MLC memory of a 32GB capacity. In searching the web, this specific product number was very common in flash drives, however, we could not locate another SSD containing same.
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In the case of our SSD, all of the product numbers and printing dates did not match. We were able to identify that the memory contained was Micron 25nm NAND flash memory that was obtained by OCZ, in wafer form, somewhere in the area of 17-28 August 2012. We know that the product was sold in wafer form as it would otherwise have ‘Micron’ etched on the face, rather than ‘OCZ’.
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We then contacted OCZ where it was confirmed that the NAND flash memory contained on the counterfeit SSD were most likely OCZ packages that had originated from Micron wafers and OCZ had done the packaging and branding themselves. There is always some level of fallout from wafer processing or during screening. There are those that meet the stringent requirements used in OCZ SSDs and those that do not, for whatever reason, are considered fallout. These fallout parts are then sold to the low cost spot market which is dominated by USB and removable media grade products.

We were informed that these memory modules most likely did not meet OCZ SSD specifications. External sources have confirmed the business practice of selling such to the low cost spot market as a normal practice as this memory may meet the needs of other devices where it wouldn’t for SSD use. We were also able to confirm that the memory was sold ‘as is’ with no blacktop whatsoever, so the blacktop and inclusion of Micron marketing would have been done by another in the chain between purchase and production.


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http://thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/manufacturer-shipped-review-sample-ssd-contains-fake-nand-flash-memory/

I wonder if this is an isolated incident , or is there more to come? rolleyes.gif
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The fake has better 4k writes?
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Thus why you should spend the extra couple of bucks and get a name brand product.
    
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There are also reports of fake Crucial M225 SSDs here: http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/Fake-Crucial-M225-SSD-256GB-Drives-on-ebay/td-p/90086

EDIT: This is an amusing one:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/11/russian_duped_by_chinese_ssd_scammers/


Edited by A Bad Day - 2/16/13 at 11:32am
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The fake has better 4k writes?

Its so close as to just about fall into the margin of error, and clearly is deficient in all other aspects. Of course the fallout parts may meet some performance criteria but fail others, thus leading to performance being up to par in some areas, and deficient in others.
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DISCLAIMER

This report involves the SSD manufacturer KingFast, as well as Micron and OCZ with respect to NAND flash memory. It is our opinion that all three companies are victims of this occurrence and had no knowledge of, or intent to produce or distribute the counterfeit SSD received. All three companies have been contacted for background and assistance and have been very accommodating in assisting with this report.
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Who was the original supplier for the NAND chips?
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Who was the original supplier for the NAND chips?

Micron manufactured the wafer where the chips came from for OCZ. The chips in question weren't up to snuff for SSD purposes, so OCZ sold them on the spot market (where it would normally be used for USB sticks and other products). One of Kingfast's manufacturing partners (HongWang International) bought the chips and then added fake markings to the chips and completed assembly of the SSD. From there, Kingfast unknowingly sold the "fake" SSD as good product.

The only party acting in bad faith was HongWang.
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Micron manufactured the wafer where the chips came from for OCZ. The chips in question weren't up to snuff for SSD purposes, so OCZ sold them on the spot market (where it would normally be used for USB sticks and other products). One of Kingfast's manufacturing partners (HongWang International) bought the chips and then added fake markings to the chips and completed assembly of the SSD. From there, Kingfast unknowingly sold the "fake" SSD as good product.

The only party acting in bad faith was HongWang.

Exactly, I don't think they meant to.
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Hey Guys.....from what we learned... Hong Wang never purchased from OCZ and it is entirely possible that they purchased what they believed to be Micron memory from the party that purchased the memory from OCZ, leaving them in the clear. The only thing we could confirm was that, between the purchase from OCZ and final distribution, the memory was black topped and fraudulently marked as Micron. Kingfast stated that they believed they were purchasing memory for the F3 Plus so we can assume they thought they were purchasing synchronous memory to match their needs...

Thanks for the post and conversation guys...
Edited by TheSSDReview - 2/16/13 at 3:26pm
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