AMD quietly launches second-generation Radeon R3 solid state drives

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
May 5, 2016
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  1. AMD is best known for its line of processors and graphics cards but it does occasionally break character to dabble in other markets. Such was the case in 2014 when it partnered with OCZ Storage Solutions to create a Radeon-branded line of solid state drives.

    It’s come to our attention that AMD has quietly released a follow-up to its original Radeon R7 SSD line. The new Radeon R3 solid state drives are offered in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB with varying degrees of performance.

    The 120GB model, for example, features a max read speed of 520MB/sec and a max write speed of 360MB/sec. The mid-range 240GB version is rated at max read and write speeds of 520MB/sec and 470MB/sec, respectively, while the largest 960GB model tops out at 510MB/sec on the read side and 450MB/sec for writes. Drive speed typically increases with capacity but that’s not the case here.

    All drives utilize Silicon Motion SM2256KX controllers and TLC NAND and are of the 2.5mm / 7mm thin form factor with a SATAIII interface. The product page says they’re manufactured and warranted by a company called Galt Inc.

    AMD is clearly targeting the entry-level market here. The 120GB drive is going for $40.99 on Amazon while the 240GB unit commands $69.99. You’ll need to part with $136.99 for the 480GB model. No word yet on how much the large-capacity 960GB SSD will sell for.

    It’s worth pointing out that the 120GB drive is available as of writing; the 240GB and 480GB R3 drives are still a few months out while the 960GB is MIA.

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  2. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    It always seems a bit off to me when the press unanimously say something has been quietly launched. I can also see at least 3 websites that use exactly the same headline.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    a quiet launch means that AMD didn't do a press release and tech sites had to manually do the dirty work of researching about the products. after 1 websites talks about it, then all just copy that information :p

    on a side not, the drives have a fairly nice price to performance ration.
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  4. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    I was just pointing out the irony really. :)
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  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    yeah, you are right there :D
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  6. penn919

    penn919 TS Addict Posts: 220   +71

    Well, it's still a quiet launch even if many tech sites report on it because AMD is the company that did the launching and they didn't announce anything. The launch itself was quiet; however, the press is a different story.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,108   +1,286

    AMD might as well just offer bundle deals with AMD RAM, SSD, motherboard, and processor. Save everyone some shipping money.
  8. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    Well yes, that would be because irony doesn't actually change facts it simply points out the contradictions.

    Like this:

    AMD quietly launches stuff that everybody gets to hear about.


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