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AMD joins storage market with SSDs for gamers

Posted: 20 Aug 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Radeon R7  SSD  A19 MCL NAND 

AMD has partnered with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions to deliver the line of Radeon-branded solid state drives (SSDs) targeted at PC gamers, signalling the company's entry to the storage sector.

The Radeon R7 series SSDs come in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. OCZ will be responsible for manufacturing the SSDs and providing its flash controller, the Barefoot 3 M00 device. Toshiba's A19nm NAND flash memory will also be used in the Radeon R7 series.

Radeon R7

The Radeon R7 series is an excellent choice for gamers looking to upgrade their system's overall responsiveness with an economical solution that puts performance and reliability front and centre.

"The Radeon division at AMD has a general strategy to increase the number of AMD/Radeon-branded components in order to simplify the purchase process for consumers," Robert Hallock, Technical Communication, Radeon Graphics, told EE Times Asia.

"Part one of that strategy was our entry into the memory market; we now offer a comprehensive selection of memory spanning DDR3-1333 to DDR3-2400 in multiple capacities. The next step ... was to enter the SSD market," he added.

AMD's SSDs are a unique solution in the OCZ Storage Solutions portfolio. As the first high performance SSDs to utilise the Toshiba Group's latest A19 MLC NAND flash process and the Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the storage devices offer write endurance of 30GB per 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 anodised black housing.

The 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 Radeon graphics cards, FX processors, Accelerated Processing Units, 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.

"Already we have seen many users report to us that they intend to buy Radeon R7 Series SSDs as a piece of their 'all-AMD' system, which is clear evidence to us that our strategy and thinking is on the right track," Hallock said. "While not every gamer needs or wants the simplicity of like-branded components, I think it can only be seen positively that we are working to make the building of a gaming rig a little bit easier."

AMD's SSDs will be available at a price of $99.99 for the 120GB drive, $163.99 for the 240GB drive, and $298.99 for the 480GB drive.

- Stephen Padilla
  EE Times Asia





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