AMD has officially launched its first ever SSDs and all three are part of AMD’s AMD Radeon R7 SSD series.
Although they feature AMD branding, the drives are actually manufactured by OCZ. We originally reported on AMD’s SSD plans back in April.
Toshiba NAND, OCZ know-how
The Radeon R7 SSD line-up currently consists of just three drives. AMD is planning to sell 120GB, 240GB and 480GB drives.
AMD is promising top notch performance, read speeds of 545MB/s and write speeds up to 530MB/s. The drives can handle 100,000 read IOPS and 90,000 write IOPS. They use the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba’s A19 NAND. Power consumption is rated at 0.6W-2.7W.
“With the new AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs powered by outstanding OCZ Storage Solutions IP, we bring that reputation to the SSD market with a series of drives that offer an ideal combination of performance, reliability and affordability—great for gamers building or upgrading a rig,” said Roman Kyrychynskyi, director of memory, AMD.
Can Radeon R7 SSDs offer competitive pricing?
AMD is pricing the entry-level 120GB unit at $100, which does not sound like the best deal out there. A number of 120GB/128GB drives with similar performance can be bought for 10-20 percent less.
It remains to be seen whether the prices will go down when the drives become widely available. AMD also offers a four-year warranty which assumes users will write as much as 30GB per day. Most users will not even come close to that figure.