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Samsung is the latest SSD maker spotted swapping components


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Last December, HEXUS reported on the SSD maker bait and switch scandal. In case anyone is unsure about what this means, it is when a product maker (SSD makers in this case) sends out a product for reviews and shortly after the product is established certain components are swapped for cheaper ones. Typically, the underhand nature of this MO means that there is little if any indication that any component parts have been switched, in the product name, on the packaging or website, but users start to notice the product doesn't live up to its promise, as per historic reviews.


Last year, it was disappointing to see newer Adata XPG SX8200 Pro revisions were noticeably slower than the launch version. Since that time, there have been various others caught doing similar SSD component re-jigging. Earlier this week, WD admitted it replaced the NAND flash and updated the firmware in the WD Blue SN550, beginning in June 2021. It updated the data sheet, but most wouldn’t be aware that this drive might perform up to 50 per cent slower than the original revision, once its cache had been filled up. Patriot and Crucial have also been found switching SSD components in the last few months.


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