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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ 64

Posted by timothy
from the brand-awareness dept.
MojoKid (1002251) writes AMD is launching a new family of products today, but unless you follow the rumor mill closely, it's probably not something you'd expect. It's not a new CPU, APU, or GPU. Today, AMD is launching its first line of solid state drives (SSDs), targeted squarely at AMD enthusiasts. AMD is calling the new family of drives, the Radeon R7 Series SSD, similar to its popular mid-range line of graphics cards. The new Radeon R7 Series SSDs feature OCZ and Toshiba technology, but with a proprietary firmware geared towards write performance and high endurance. Open up one of AMD's new SSDs and you'll see OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller on board—the same controller used in the OCZ Vector 150, though it is clocked higher in these drives. That controller is paired to A19nm Toshiba MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND flash memory and a DDR3-1333MHz DRAM cache. The 120GB and 240GB drives sport 512MB of cache memory, while the 480GB model will be outfitted with 1GB. Interestingly enough, AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs are some of the all-around, highest-performing SATA SSDs tested to date. IOPS performance is among the best seen in a consumer-class SSD, write throughput and access times are highly-competitive across the board, and the drive offered consistent performance regardless of the data type being transferred. Read performance is also strong, though not quite as stand-out as write performance.
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

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  • by Khyber (864651) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @07:52AM (#47702435) Homepage Journal

    The R7 series originally referred to the GPU. What happens when I order a GPU and they ship me a hard drive instead?

    Someone at AMD isn't thinking very hard about this.

  • by Guspaz (556486) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @08:08AM (#47702535)

    At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.

    OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.

  • by dnaumov (453672) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @10:04AM (#47703431)

    Considering how a lot of problems with SSDs are generally related to various obscure firmware bugs and considering just how horrible ATI/AMD is at writing software for their hardware, I would run for my fucking life.

  • by anethema (99553) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @11:14AM (#47704057) Homepage

    Their claim is they are focusing on reliability and write endurance but it looks like they have some of the lowest endurance in the industry.

    Even the drive it is supposed to be a bit of a clone from is rated much higher.

    AMD R7: 4GB for 4 years = 43TB (Odd that they don't say this is dependent on drive size, which it would be.
    OCZ Vector 150: 50GB for 5 years = 91 TB (Also not scaled for drive size)
    Samsung 840: 1000 cycles. In their smallest drive this would be around 120 TB. Samsung is using lower endurance TLC here so this is even more odd.
    Intel 730: 70TB over their 5 year warranty is 127 TB Highest of them all for MLC.

    Now in real life, the AMD and OCZ drives may go much further before they fail, but you have to go off of their ratings for comparisons or all hell breaks loose (Tests have shown the Samsung drives lasting over 3000 cycles before beginning to reallocate sectors). Especially for the larger drives (A 240GB drive should have double the write endurance of a 120GB drive).

    So yeah I find it odd that endurance is one of their talking points when they have by far the lowest endurance of any of the common drives out there, including the supposedly very similar Vector 150.

  • Sorry, guys (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fnj (64210) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @12:25PM (#47704665)

    Somebody has to say it. Anybody who would so much as touch with a 10 foot pole any SSD contaminated with the OCZ brand needs to have his head examined. Please, don't anybody claim they don't know the sad infamous history of OCZ SSDs.

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