What makes Crest SSD unique?
Genuine SandForce® controllers. No copy, no second hand, nothing else than what SandForce gives us. Angelbird is an official and proud member of the SandForce-Driven™ programme.
NAND memory is what constitutes the body and the performance of an SSD. It’s the memory chips where our data is! Memory chips are produced on a large round wafer, then cut into many little pieces that go inside the finished chips. Those on the side of the wafer are subject to malfunction, bad performance and way shorter lifespan, and are therefore cheaper. Most other companies buy only those cheaper chips in order to keep the price low… And lose your data! Angelbird picks only the chips in the centre with the highest number of working sectors. Other firms can expect over 30% RMA (Return rate) because of that. Angelbird’s RMA is stable at 0.5%, and this is the reason why.
Other companies repair returned SSD, change the cover and sell them back to new buyers. Angelbird dismantles non working units and sends brand new ones to customers.
Low price means low quality! Check user reviews and forums and see for yourself what it means to use low quality components just for a low cost mad race. It may be low cost to purchase such items, but how much is your data worth? We know at Angelbird, and this is why we do our best to protect it.
NAND memory chips aren’t all identical. Some are totally fine, some have a number of bad sectors, that will result in poorer performance, less IOPS and quicker failure. At Angelbird we test each chip before attaching it on our high quality Crest units.
Angelbird pays testers, rather than releasing beta firmwares and wait until someone finds a bug, losing their data, losing their dreams, losing their important data. Customers are NOT beta testers for Angelbird, and only stable, proven firmwares are used onto our Crest drives. Your data is important as ours to us.
The quality of Crest is not only given by hand picked NAND chips. We also use an eight layer board instead of the canonic six. This costs more, but this protects your data from electromagnetic interference. Again, how important is your data to you? To us it is has major importance.
There is a reason why our products are CE, FCC, UL, ROHS certified. We produce them with sense, accuracy and safety in mind. Yes, this costs, but it also shows that we care.
What is NAND: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_memory
How are chips produced / what is a wafer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafer
Products Certifications: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_certification
Links are courtesy of Wikipedia.
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