AMD partners with OCZ Storage Solutions to create Radeon R7 line of solid state drives

By Shawn Knight ยท 19 replies
Aug 19, 2014
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  1. AMD on Tuesday announced a partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions to create AMD Radeon-branded solid state drives. The new line, officially called the AMD Radeon R7 Series, is being marketed to gamers looking to upgrade their system's overall responsiveness.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Really amazing how the SSD market has taken off. Wasn't but 2-3 years ago it was a fairly niche product for people with plenty of money to burn. Now it seems like everyone but McDonald's is making them. Probably won't be long before they do too. ;)
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    R9 296X a watercooled 1.5TB SSD with speeds of 2Gbps....
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It wouldn't surprise me if McD's uses drives old recycled drives to bulk up and flavour their patties.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'll wait for Steves expert opinion on it which we should be seeing any moment now...
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  6. Unfortunately, there is not much to discuss about it until the release and the following tests: Still, I have to admit that pattern looks awesome in my eyes.
  7. Steve's expert opinion about the Radeon R7 SSDs is that "Apple sucks".
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  8. I bet they will market that ssd will be faster if paired with an Amd cpu and gpu
  9. Crappies do suck, just FYI. I have been in the IT industry a long time now, I can't tell you how overpriced those POS are.
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    Dear AMD, give us an SSD + Video combo, and that'll be grand ;)
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    To tide you over until then, here's W1zzard's review at TPU
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Sorry to keep you waiting. We don't have a review of the AMD Radeon R7 SSD incoming, AMD never coughed up samples.

    That said I can pretty much review it without a sample.

    The Radeon R7 SSD is a clone of the OCZ Vector 150 using cheaper Toshiba's A19nm MLC. This means it is much slower than the budget king the Crucial MX100 and the MSRP means it also costs much more.

    The 240GB model costs $0.68 per gigabyte while the 256GB version of the MX100 costs $0.44 per gigabyte.

    Not sure how many will be lined up to pay 55% more for AMD's clone of an OCZ drive :S
  13. @Steve Nice Reader's Digest of a review of it..Pretty much sums it up.
  14. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    Still don't even see how their memory has been profitable enough for this kind of move. Don't think I've actually seen anyone on any of the tech forums I visit advertising they got them.

    As it stumps me too, probably more than enough. I think the naming scheme and the aesthetics of the device will be enough to get the (many) uninformed to pay up no problem.
  15. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    I don't think it was amazing. Considering the scalability and inevitability of economies of scale, it was only a matter of time that it was going mainstream. And you look at the bang for buck over the last few years - they were rapidly becoming more viable.

    As far as performance goes, the real limitation is a mainstream bus. You can just keep paralleling flash chips and controllers for performance at the drive level. Getting the data to/from the CPU is the problem. Physical disks were doomed the moment these drives were released.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Now that's how all reviews should be written. the meat & potatoes in just a few short sentences. The only thing missing is the percentage rating but from what you just said I think I can safely assume it'll be anything from 70-75%.(y)

    P.S. With such a detailed and honest review it's little wonder AMD are somewhat hesitant to send you review samples.:D
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Thanks but a lot of sites have reviewed it already so I won't die wondering(y)
  18. Gaara

    Gaara TS Booster Posts: 103   +26

    Great Move by AMD
  19. Hi all. Right now I would say Samsung 840 Pro or Samsung 840 EVO or the Samsung 850 Pro would be the way to fly in the SSD catagory. I own 5 Samsung SSD drives... Two Samsung 840 EVOs 750 GB... Two Samsung 840 Pros 256 GB and One Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB. They all installed with zero problems and are performing great! No, I am not a rep or employee for Samsung but I do tell people of a good product when I get one and find it's a good thing. So far, (knock on wood) all my SSDs are performing fine and the diagnostic numbers are very good. Seeing the prices of this article's SSDs I would rather spend my money on a tried and confirmed SSD instead of risking it on something just off the assembly belt with no time tests. Do some research before you buy any SSD. But I'll tell you most reviews will point towards Samsung SSDs to be at the top of the performance lists! BTW, the Samsung 850 Pro is their newest SSD and has excellent ratings. Yes, it's a bit pricy but you get what you pay for.
  20. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    I agree guest. It's hard to go past a Sammy atm.

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