REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
At the end of the day, Micron builds the memory wafers that are purchased by OCZ who assemble the memory packages. The packages are determined not to be at the standard of their SSDs and are sold on the open market where they are purchased. NAND flash memory is then purchased from a new distributor by KingFast and used in new KingFast F3 Plus SSDs. Sometime between initial purchase from OCZ and final production, these memory modules were altered by means of blacktop application and then the imprinting of a Micron memory product number placed on the top of each.
Of particular interest is the fact that, in every other KingFast F3 Plus SSD, there are 16 packages of NAND flash memory contained, whereas there are only 8 within the counterfeit F3 Plus SSD that we received. Conversely, the memory product number properly identifies each module as being 32GB in capacity (32×8=256GB RAW). It may be possible that KingFast had adjusted the process where new F3 Plus samples would have contained only eight flash packages. Sometime between purchase and production, these memory modules are blacktopped and a Micron product number imprinted on the top of each, making these appear to be Micron memory modules. The modules were then placed into KingFast F3 Plus SSDs where distribution of a limited number occurs.
This brings us to what the consumer can do to protect themselves from unknowingly buying a counterfeit SSD. The good news is that, if your reading this, you are probably already well ahead of the game and able to identify the exact same identifying characteristics and benchmark results that we did here. This is the main reason the we rely on totally free software such as Crystal Disk Info, Crystal DiskMark, ATTO, AS SSD, HDTune, Anvil BenchMark Utilities and several others. All are not shown here and the list would take up too much property in the course of a review but, trust me when we say that all are constantly in use. Speaking of which, would you think this PCMark Vantage result is that of a top tier SSD?
It definitely reflects that of some of the best results we have seen to date from PCMark Vantage and does qualify as an upper tier SSD. Would you believe this is that fake SSD we have been examining? It is and the reasoning for this is that PCMark Vantage has formed its eight tests through imitation of eight typical daily activities that may occur in PC use. The difficulty is that, as we already stated, these activities are comprised mainly of situations where highly compressible data transfers prevail.
The lesson here would be to ensure you use all of the tools in the tool box and don’t rely on any one in particular, this coming from a guy who found a way to use a screwdriver as a socket wrench while fixing his snowblower not a week ago.
The undeniable truth is that, as cautious and careful as we want to be, this counterfeit SSD was built in the factory of a SSD manufacturer that produces over 50,000 SSDs a month, right under their nose. It was inspected, approved and sent to us in order to conduct a full SSD review of their latest and greatest SSD. Others were shipped off and apparently all recalled.
Could this have happened in a SSD facility such as SanDisk, Toshiba, Samsung or Micron where they manufacture and have full control of the process? Who knows… We are absolutely sure that nobody would have laid a million to one odds on one of, if not the first known counterfeit SSD, being sent to an SSD review site now, aren’t we?
As of the date of this report, if you believe that you have a similar Kingfast F3 Plus SSD to ours after conducting similar tests, please contact us immediately and we will arrange to take control of that SSD. If we receive it and it is a counterfeit F3 Plus, we will reimburse you the cost on the included receipt and it will be the subject of a further article. We firmly believe that Kingfast has recalled all of the counterfeit SSDs (except ours) however, we think this may be the only way to be absolutely sure.
DO YOU HAVE A COUNTERFEIT SSD?
As much as we have prided ourselves in furthering the benefit of SSD technology, we are interested in any other cases similar to this. If you believe you have a counterfeit SSD and have conducted benchmarks to further your cause, we would definitely suggest migrating and removing it immediately. From there, if you believe that your SSD is a counterfeit, contact us and we will arrange to have it sent to TSSDR (security seal intact) where we will examine it. If it is a counterfeit, we will work with you and the involved manufacturers to rectify the matter and we will publish that occurrence, just as we have here.
UPDATE: We acknowledged earlier that Kingfast sent us an ‘authentic’ F3 Plus SSD for use in this report. On our own accord, we have completed a full review on that SSD and it can be found here. Feel free to check out and compare benchmarks between the two. You might also be a bit curious as to our final recommendation on that SSD..