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AMD partners with Toshiba to launch Radeon R7 SSD

OCZ, a popular memory and SSD manufacturer went bankrupt not so long ago and was bought by Toshiba. AMD and Toshiba jointly worked together to launch Radeon R7 SSDs based on the Barefoot 3 controller. Radeon R7 SSD features Toshiba’s 19 nm Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. It comes in 120 GB , 240 GB and 480 GB storage capacities in a 2.5-inch form factor. Radeon R7 SSD is the fifth product in AMD line up, previous being APUs, CPUs, Graphics Cards and Memory.

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AMD Radeon R7 SSD features Indilinx Controller

AMD Radeon R7 SSDs are quite similar to OCZ’s Vector 150 SSDs as both feature the same Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba NAND. AMD and Toshiba slightly tweaked the controller to improve the performance of the SSD. In some cases the performances have also decreased compared to OCZ Vector 150.

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In terms of specifications, AMD Radeon R7 SSDs are compatible with SATA III 6 GB/s delivering 550 MB/s maximum read speeds and up to 530 MB/s (480 GB model) sequential write speeds. The 4 KB Random read ranges from 85K IOPS (120 GB model) to 100K IOPS (480 GB model) while 4 KB Random write is 90K IOPS for all three models. The Steady-State Random write IOPS is slightly lower compared to OCZ’s Vector 150, 12k IOPS for the 120 GB model, 20K IOPS for the 240 GB model and 23K for the 480 GB model.

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Radeon R7 SSD features 256-bit AES-compliant encryption and SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) health monitoring system. The SSD comes with 4 years warranty while there is no information on the pricing and availability of Radeon R7 SSDs.

Radeon R7 SeriesOCZ Vector 460Samsung 840 EVOCrucial M500SanDisk Extreme ProKingston HyperX 3K
Max Capacity480 GB480 GB1 TB960 GB960 GB480 GB
NAND TypeA19 nm MLC19 nm MLC1x nm TLC20 nm MLCA19 nm MLC25 nm MLC
Sequential Read550 MB/s545 MB/s540 MB/s500 MB/s550 MB/s555 MB/s
Sequential Write530 MB/s525 MB/s520 MB/s200 MB/s520 MB/s510 MB/s
Random Read100K IOPS95K IOPS98K IOPS80K IOPS100K IOPS86K IOPS
Random Write90K IOPS90K IOPS90K IOPS (500 GB+)66K IOPS (250 GB)80K IOPS (>480GB)60K IOPS (240 GB)90K IOPS79K IOPS
Sustained Random Write23K IOPS23K IOPS3.8K IOPS2.2K IOPS
Reliability (Hrs) MTBF2.3 m2.0 m1.5 m1.2 m1.0 m
Warranty4 Years3 Years3 Years3 Years10 Years3 Years
Additional Value3.5″ Adapter, Acronis Cloning Software3.5″ Adapter, Acronis Cloning SoftwareSamsung Data Migration Software, 3.5″ AdapterNoneNone3.5″ Adapter

Compared to some of the best SSDs available in the market, AMD Radeon R7 series SSDs has better or similar specifications in some cases. It all comes down to the price which I think will be similar to OCZ’s Vector 150 since both SSDs use the same components. AMD wants to increase its product portfolio to become the One-Stop Shop so we can expect to see gaming chassis and power supplies under the Radeon brand in the future.

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