AMD has announced that it’s getting involved in the storage market, announcing a range of gaming-focused solid state drives (SSD). The Radeon-branded R7 SSDs will be arriving later this year, coming in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB varieties.
AMD looks to be attempting to put its fingers in all the pies with this latest announcement, as SSDs join CPUs, APUs, graphics cards, and RAM in the chip giant’s ever-burgeoning repertoire. All of the variants of AMD’s SSDs are designed with gaming in mind, designed to go toe to toe with the storage big boys like Samsung, Kingston, and Crucial.
The trio of AMD drives have been built using Toshiba's 19nm process flash node, with a SATA 3.0 6GB/s interface and the standard 2.5" SSD form factor. The Radeon R7 SSDs have expected lifespans of 4 years, totalling 42.7 TB of write, all the while consuming just 2.7W of power.
| ||Radeon R7 120G||Radeon R7 240G||Radeon R7 480G|
|Max Read||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s|
|Max Write||470 MB/s||530 MB/s||530 MB/s|
Max Random Read IOPS
|Max Random Write IOPS||90,000||90,000||90,000|
|Steady-State Random Write IOPS||12,000||12,000||12,000|
Exact pricing has yet to be detailed for these AMD products, although judging from AMD's previous form we'd expect them to be competitively priced in comparison to other drives on the market. No word on an official release date just yet, although we're expecting these Radeon R7 SSDs to hit store shelves fairly soon.
With AMD onboard the SSD market we're now not far from being able to build a PC entirely from AMD components. Will you be tempted to pick up an AMD-manufactured SSD? Will they offer the radically improved gaming performance we've come to expect from the Radeon brand? Let us know what you think!