Originally Posted by HDJK
I wonder how much of this is just marketing and maybe a non issue if you buy from Intel or Samsung. Does anybody know?
Well OCZ & Crucial had this business model in the RAM market, buying cheaper binned parts and selling them overvolted. Many of the RAM parts would fail initial validation at stock SPD's anyway, so the 'overclocking' parts that became popular were largely a business model of overvolting them to get them working which also buys you the ability to set the speed a bit higher for increased sale price. Get this price high enough and you can deal with huge failure rates, even better that they were offering this stuff to overclockers who are liable to just assume it's their fault and not RMA it. To what degree OCZ is doing this now, I'll let you judge..but I'm certainly more than hinting. Nothing wrong with this for the average consumer, but Samsung is what OEMs used for ages for good reason. Crucial has fared a bit better lately, and of course even Intel has had its teething issues with certain models.
Anyway I would say that the degree to which the statement you're quoting is true is the degree to which you head towards consumer oriented SSD's.