AMD Radeon R7 SSD Series Now Official – See Features, Specifications and Price

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I previously published an article regarding AMD’s first and upcoming Solid State Drive, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD Series. And recently, AMD has officially announced and introduced their new SSD lineup. AMD’s SSDs are built by OCZ and were rebranded as the Radeon R7 with a slight modification targeting PC gamers. It is most likely a rebrand of OCZ’s recently released ARC 100 series. The Radeon R7 Series SSD features Barefoot 3 M00 Controller, A19nm MLC Flash, has read/write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively, rated for 30GB/day endurance and come with a 4 year warranty. Check out more of its features, specifications, as well as its price below.

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AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD Features

  • OCZ Barefoot 3 Controller Technology – Delivers the performance and endurance you need for an efficient computing experience
  • Next Gen Flash – The A19 NAND flash from Toshiba delivers high performance at cost you can afford
  • Design – The sleek black alloy housing offers a slimmer 7mm size compatible with desktop PCs as well as ultra-thin notebooks
  • Acronis® True Image™ HD – Easily transfer games, programs and data from your old hard drive to your Radeon™ R7 Series SSD
  • Warranty – Experience workload endurance rated at 30GB/day of host writes for 4 years
  • Accessories – Includes free of charge 3.5” desktop adapter

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The AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs are an excellent choice for gamers looking to upgrade their system’s overall responsiveness with an economical solution that puts performance and reliability front and center.

According to Roman Kyrychynskyi, director of memory, AMD: “The AMD Radeon brand is synonymous with performance and quality amongst PC gamers,” “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.”

AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs are a unique solution in the OCZ Storage Solutions portfolio. As the first high performance SSDs to utilize the Toshiba Group’s latest A19 MLC NAND flash process and the proven Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the AMD Radeon R7 Series disks offer exemplary write endurance of 30GB/day, as well as read/write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. This exclusive combination of hardware also features a special anodized black housing, characteristic of the AMD Radeon brand.

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According to Alex Mei, chief marketing officer, OCZ Storage Solutions: “The new AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs are built using state of the art flash and controller technology from Toshiba and OCZ,” “By combining this proprietary technology with cost-efficient price points, we can deliver a tremendous value to gamers seeking the ultimate balance of performance and endurance for the complete gamut of their desktop and mobile gaming applications.”

AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs represent the next stage of AMD’s strategy to be a “one-stop shop” for consumers, with a portfolio of high-performance solutions that now includes: AMD Radeon™ graphics cards, AMD FX processors, AMD Accelerated Processing Units, AMD Radeon memory, processor chipsets, and more. The addition of a solid state drive makes it easier than ever for a customer to outfit their system with like-branded components both for peace of mind and reliability.

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AMD Radeon R7 SSD Specifications

SpecificationsRadeon R7 120G SSDRadeon R7 240G SSDRadeon R7 480G SSD
Max Capacity120GB240GB480GB
Max Read550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s
Max Write470 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s
FOB Random Read IOPS (4K QD32)85,000 IOPS95,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS
FOB Random Write IOPS (4K QD32)90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS
Steady State Random Write IOPS (4K QD32)12,000 IOPS20,000 IOPS23,000 IOPS

Physical

Usable Capacities120GB - 480GB
NAND ComponentsToshiba A19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
InterfaceSerial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Controller2.5 inch, 7mm height
Form FactorIndilinx Barefoot 3 M00
Dimensions99.70 x 69.75 x 7.00 mm
Weight115g

Reliability / Compatibility

Data Path ProtectionBCH ECC corrects up to 44 random bits/1KB
MTBF2.3 million hours
Encryption256-bit AES-compliant
Product Health MonitoringSelf-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
EnduranceRated for 20GB/day of host writes for 4 years under typical client workloads
Serial ATAFully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.2. Fully compliant with ATA/ ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac OSX
Power RequirementsStandard SATA Power Connector
Targeted ApplicationsClient workstations and laptops

Environmental

Power ConsumptionIdle: 0.60W Active: 3.45W
Operating Temperature0°C - 70°C
Storage Temperature-45°C - 85°C
Shock Resistance1000G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational)2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-operational)3.13Grms (5-800Hz)
Altitude (Operational)-1,000ft. to 10,000ft
Altitude (Non-operational)-1,000ft. to 40,000ft
CertificationsUL C/US, FCC, CE, C-Tick, KCC, BSMI, VCCI, WEEE

Price and Availability

AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD is available in three capacities, the Radeon R7 120G, Radeon R7 240G and Radeon R7 480G. The Radeon R7 SSDs will be available with a suggested retail price starting at $99.99 for the 120GB capacity, followed by $163.99 for the 240GB, and $298.99 for the 480GB. I’ll try to post an update later when it becomes available to order on popular online stores like Amazon.

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