AMD Announces Range Of Radeon SSDs Designed For Gamers
Written by Jon Sutton on 04 August 2014 at 16:30

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 120GRadeon R7 240GRadeon R7 480G
Capacity120GB240GB480GB
Max Read550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s
Max Write470 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s

Max Random Read IOPS

85,00095,000100,000
Max Random Write IOPS90,00090,00090,000
Steady-State Random Write IOPS12,00012,00012,000

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!

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Jakop320
17:24 Aug-29-2014
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whats the point with SSD's, they have just bettter write/ read time. the loading time in OS and games get advantage on that but it wont increase FPS anyways. its pretty smart to get a SSD for OS nothing else. games load pretty fast with a standard sata 3 HDD-7200RPM. pretty happy with that tho

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fir3wulf
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"designed for gamers"
you know that's just a gimmick, right?
If they are cheaper than regular ssd's i'll get one probably

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idramvil
18:08 Aug-04-2014
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+1

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yiannis2000
22:55 Aug-04-2014

the funny thing is, SSD don't really improve gaming performance, are they? :D lol

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idramvil
23:10 Aug-04-2014
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Yep, just loading times.
Some might argue that it is performance though, and i understand it ^^

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mark1996
23:17 Aug-04-2014

On some games it does(games that load data on the fly), Diablo 3 is smoohter on a SSD for example

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Generalissimo
00:35 Aug-05-2014
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THIS

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LeadStarDude
05:18 Aug-05-2014
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Yes I agree Mark1996. Rage is another good example of this as well. I swapped from two 750GB WD Black 7200RPM HDDs to two 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSDs & the texture load time increased significantly. On the HDD turning fast & stopping would leave the terrain looking bland for a second before the textures loaded up. After swapping to SSD this stopped happening to me.

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tzzsmk
10:27 Aug-05-2014

depends on the way game is designed, most older games don't read more than 5MB/s and so there is only a very little advantage of faster "search" of correct data on drive;
basically having one drive for OS and another drive for games already does "enough" (I have no SSD yet and I don't feel games would load slow - can't say 4.5GHz i7 and 16GB ram would have no impact on that, but still ;))

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Zilincan
17:57 Aug-05-2014

As Tzz said, there is no need for ssds

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densanity
17:06 Aug-05-2014
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FABLE 3 had very demanding loading times :D

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I expect it to be less expensive since amd is budget friendly

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MartinMaas
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I hope you're right :P

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maleficarus
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Let us hope AMD can drive the SSD prices down!

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tzzsmk
13:09 Aug-05-2014

would be awesome indeed :)

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Ur84n50u1J4h
22:39 Aug-14-2014
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Hear, hear!

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tzzsmk
17:49 Aug-04-2014
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if the 480GB will be cheaper than Crucial MX100 series, then deal =Đ

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tzzsmk
18:14 Aug-04-2014

and it would be nice compromise at my rig - Intel cpu, nVidia gpu, AMD ssd, ASUS mobo :3

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Miha99
21:12 Aug-04-2014
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That would be hell of a colourfull PC :D

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mark1996
22:04 Aug-04-2014

Hmm if he had a ASUS RoG mobo, a aftermarket ASUS DC2 GPU it would all be the same color :P

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Miha99
09:09 Aug-05-2014
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Exept Intel,Intel is blue :D

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mark1996
17:07 Aug-04-2014
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Hmm if the 480GB version is below €175 and the 240GB below €85 they might be a good deal

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roley4498
17:17 Aug-04-2014

Yeah I'd definitely get myself one or two of them

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Miha99
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Then 120GB version would be what,bellow 50e?

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mark1996
21:48 Aug-04-2014

Around 55-60, 250GB models and above always have more GB for the money

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tacese
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the hell ? where do you buy ssd so cheap in eu ? i mean a freind got a sandisk 240gb ultra cheap 100€ :X below 90 id buy them anytime

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SamuelTheDamned
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I bought my Kingston from an auction @100€

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yeah checked it and found some near 90 € impressive but i allready have 2 128gb and the wd black hdd has 3,5 ms still 35 more than a ssd but usually a hhd can have 10ms latencythingy so more ssd storage not really needed atm (till theirs)

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here we have amd developing every accessory for pc gamers and trying to help the community and improve it,and on the other hand we have nvidia getting angry because of the fact that,they cant get enough ideas to loot gamers,through their monopoly.

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Miha99
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True true

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nipplecracker132
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So.. Its basically an Samsung Evo 840 with an AMD logo on it.. According to the specs.

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Dovahkiin46
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But since it's AMD, it's Samsun Evo 840 at a lover price.

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nipplecracker132
18:19 Aug-04-2014
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I hope so.. Would like to have another one for RAID 0

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tzzsmk
18:28 Aug-04-2014

RAID is useless for SSDs, slightly slowers overall response while offering useless speeds

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LeadStarDude
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Tzzsmk is right. RAID 0 may net you better disk read/write speeds for benchmark results, but it will actually hurt game performance a little bit because of the overall response time being slower.

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MartinMaas
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My current HDD can load games pretty fast, but with SSD it would be almost instant :)

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Interesting. I would very much like AMD to finally get the recognition it deserves.

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