This has been going around for a few months now. In case you haven’t heard already, certain SSD companies have been accused of swapping in cheaper components after getting some positive reviews from the different hardware sites around the web. This is naturally unsettling for the consumer, because they expect that the product they see in a review is the same as they one they pick up in a store. One of the companies caught up in this controversy is Kingston, so we reached out to them to get an official comment on the matter.
Kingston says that they source NAND from different manufacturers, but they ensured that “all builds of our V300 meet our published ATTO and IOmeter specifications.” They have also published additional benchmarks to illustrate the minimum performance on this product range and they “believe that the best metric of all is your day-to-day use especially when it comes to booting up, shutting down, opening and closing programs and other common everyday tasks.” And that’s true. Benchmarks are benchmarks, but they’re mostly synthetic. If you still get to experience some real world improvements, then the SSD is still doing its job.
Now, it is important to note that Kingston is not the only company being accused of this practice, but they were kind enough to provide us with this official response. Read their statement below and come to your own conclusion. Make sure you check out our video coverage from COMPUTEX Taipei where we visit with Kingston as well.