PNY Catches SSD Bait-and-Switch Bug

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tombodude

Hey, I bought two of the PNY Optima drives, and they both seem to be the SMI ones, both have firmware rev. of NO530A. I sent an email to PNY tech support because there is no firmware update posted for this drive on their website, and being a new product, bound to be one, right? Their tech support insisted that the "SMI controllers are not Field upgradeable, This is due to the SMI design and field upgradability not being a factor in the design". I thought someone was BS-ing me and said so, but another tech confirmed this statement after I claimed that no drive with non-upgradeble firmware had ever been made before. Can this be true?

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DuoofDeath1

How do you go about checking your firmware number? I just bought one of these and it is not the performance improvement i was expecting so i think i may have gotten the slower version.

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NoRest4Wicked

I'm happy with my Corsair Neutron SSD. I'm seriously disappointed in these companies that are basically scamming their customers. Do I need to start my own company to ensure that I'm not getting screwed over by profit hungry corporate types?

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Hey.That_Dude

In short: YES.

I seriously got dinged on this post?
My captcha for writing three words is: h5SmA

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vrmlbasic

If these SSD companies keep this up then they're going to wish that they had OCZ's current reputation!

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Hey.That_Dude

Added PNY to my list of DO NOT BUY, right next to Kingnston. If I can't trust the reviews online to be fully accurate to your product then I won't buy it.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Sounds like a good enough reason never to buy a drive from PNY or Kingston.

These disclaimers are a sorry excuse when companies purposefully mislead customers from the onset.

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devin3627

i thought kingston was the only one to do this?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

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devin3627

i thought kingston was the only one to do this?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

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Innomasta

The XLR8 models have always shown Sandforce in their specs whenever I see them on sale on Newegg every other week from the last couple months. Optima seems a little less clear.

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devin3627

no f*cking s*it bro. thats why i haven't fucking bought an SSD drive yet. i dont own a single one.

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rsaotome

Too bad, any of the Intel/Samsung models would make you wonder why you waited this long.

Yes I'm partial to Intel/Samsung when it comes to SSDs.

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Innomasta

No reason not to be partial, they're simply the best right now. My Pro blows my mind

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Jeffredo

Guess I lucked out. My Optima has the N0307A firmware from the Tweaktown review (which is why I bought it as well).

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devin3627

listen to this guy... if you have a firmware number otherwise... send it back unopened and they will respect your policy... hopefully.