I've said it many times already.. they simply used the "lifetime throttle to promote lifespan" crap for a smokescreen as to hide the weakness/limitation of the original recycling engines performance on the first gen SF controllers. I also said that if SF could have made the drive avoid/limit throttles on the first gens?.. many mfgrs would have jockeyed for sales dominance by making custom firmware adjustments to one-up the other guys(even possibly reducing warranties on specialized EXTREME models to do it). Never happened because that's all the drive could effectively maintain once it was completely dirty and doing things on the fly(read-write-modify). Recycling engine was too small to make it sustainable, is all. New recycling engine is larger and much improved(TRIM marked blocks are also more effectively/immediately used I suspect) which is why throttling is able to be modified nowadays.
So,.. the new one's throttling was adjusted... because?.. it could be. Simple as that.
Have to read through all the advertising and bulls*it to really piece these things together sometimes. Lifetime throttles are just a big smokescreen to lead those away from the limitations of the first gen drives and it surely worked on most people who asked the question. I also HIGHLY doubt that "too many SE's/Durawrite map bypassing" will kill these drives prematurley as well. Not that I beleive smart data on these drives any further than I can throw it.. but mine actually appear to be in better shape than most of the "just use it throttled" users out there. With 5TB written to EACH 1 of my 6 drives?.. they are not even showing any reallocation counts yet. But with more than 100 SE's on each of my drives now.. who knows?.. maybe I'll trash the charge pumps on my drives and eventually be unable to SE anymore. Hardly think it will matter by that point though as I will have upgraded 2 times over by then and they will be overpriced USB storage solutions or sitting in the kids game machine/netbook. Time will tell the true story.
After all that.. I just want to say that I really appreciate these guys "taking one for the team" by doing this write endurance testing. Much appreciated and you can't be thanked enough for doing it. Anxious to see how far beyond rated PE/c we can go here. Even makes me wonder if you guys can sustain the time and willpower to stay on course if they continue on for too long after 0% lifespans are hit. Will the counters just reset again? Again with the.. "screw SMART and only time will tell". lol