AMD partners with Toshiba to launch Radeon R7 SSD

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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 Series OCZ Vector 460 Samsung 840 EVO Crucial M500 SanDisk Extreme Pro Kingston HyperX 3K
Max Capacity 480 GB 480 GB 1 TB 960 GB 960 GB 480 GB
NAND Type A19 nm MLC 19 nm MLC 1x nm TLC 20 nm MLC A19 nm MLC 25 nm MLC
Sequential Read 550 MB/s 545 MB/s 540 MB/s 500 MB/s 550 MB/s 555 MB/s
Sequential Write 530 MB/s 525 MB/s 520 MB/s 200 MB/s 520 MB/s 510 MB/s
Random Read 100K IOPS 95K IOPS 98K IOPS 80K IOPS 100K IOPS 86K IOPS
Random Write 90K IOPS 90K IOPS 90K IOPS (500 GB+)66K IOPS (250 GB) 80K IOPS (>480GB)60K IOPS (240 GB) 90K IOPS 79K IOPS
Sustained Random Write 23K IOPS 23K IOPS 3.8K IOPS 2.2K IOPS
Reliability (Hrs) MTBF 2.3 m 2.0 m 1.5 m 1.2 m 1.0 m
Warranty 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 10 Years 3 Years
Additional Value 3.5″ Adapter, Acronis Cloning Software 3.5″ Adapter, Acronis Cloning Software Samsung Data Migration Software, 3.5″ Adapter None None 3.5″ 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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