After Browsing the forums recently I have noticed that a number of people have been RMAing equipment from usually reliable manufacturers.
This year I, I built my new computer using brand new quality components from reputable stockists, during the building I had to RMA the following components:
1x Seagate ST3120026AS 120 GB Sata hard drive that kept failing seatools diagnostic tests;
2x sets of 1GB Corsair Twinx RAM that kept failing memory write testing; and
More recently an NEC 2510A DVD-RW that kept making coasters.
Thankfully as I normally deal with reputable suppliers I had no problem RMAing the stuff, and they actually confirmed that everything I had sent back was faulty.
I have been building computers and playing with hardware for a lot of years, and never have had this level of faulty new equipment being supplied before. Reading around these forums and others, it seems others seem to be having problems with new hardware too.
It my be my imagination, but does there seem to be an increasing higher failure of new hardware these days than there used to be?
Discussion is welcome