AMD Announces Radeon R7 SSD's

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Today AMD has announced that it will be releasing its own range of SSD’s under it’s ‘R7’ product name. The move confirms rumours that have been circling for the last few months that AMD have been looking to partner with Toshiba to manufacture SSD’s under the Radeon brand – the Radeon SSD’s will feature an OCZ controller with Toshiba NAND.

This slide shows a comparison of the R7 SSD’s specs against its rivals – the specifics are OCZ’s Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller (found in their Vector series of SSD’s) paired with Toshiba 19nm NAND which will come in capacities of up to 480GB (Capacities are 120GB, 240GB and 480GB). Sequential reads and writes are 550MB/s and 530MB/s respectively with random reads and writes of 100,000 IOPS and 90,000 IOPS, with a sustained random write of 23,000 IOPS –  not too shabby at all. AMD also claims that these drives are rated for 30GB of writes a day for 4 years under normal workloads which is a good match for the 4 year warranty they offer on the drive. Overall the specification of this drive is very similar to that of OCZ’s Vector lineup of SSD’s so it’ll be interesting to see if/what tweaks have been made to get any extra performance over OCZ’s offering, but that’s something we’ll hopefully get to have a look at if we get one in the Play3r labs for some testing.

With pricing currently unknown, do you think these will be a steal for the performance? And will you be picking one up for your AMD rig or will you be sticking with your current brand? Let us know.

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