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AMD is preparing to launch its first SSD drives

Made in association with Toshiba
Fri Aug 08 2014, 15:23
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AMD IS THE LATEST COMPANY to enter the flash storage market with a range of Radeon branded solid-state disk (SSD) drives.

The Radeon R7 range consisting of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB flavours and is designed to appeal to the gaming market, putting it in direct competition with Micron's Crucial range which expanded to include the MX100, which premiered earlier this year claiming 89 percent performance improvement over a standard hard drive.

Announced by AMD's Chinese arm, drives will use 19nm chips from Toshiba, made in the fab plant it shares with Sandisk. Early specifications are comparable with other products in the class with maximum read and write speeds of 550MBps and 530MBps, respectively, based on the 480GB drive, and read and write rates at 100,000 and 90,000 IOPS, respectively.

Exact details have yet to be announced, but the drives are expected to be SATA3 6GBps drives with a 2.5in form factor. Lifespan is gauged at four years, equivalent to 42.7TB total write, and power consumption is low, at an ecology and heatsink friendly 2.7W.

The Radeon R7 SSDs will join their namesake GPU chips, which were updated earlier this year to include the 250X and 265X offering 25 percent more power than predecessors.

With CPU chips, GPUs and now SSD drives available, it won't be long at this rate before complete AMD machines will be available, though we have no reason to believe that this is something on the company's roadmap.

Pricing and availability for the R7 SSD range are yet to be announced but we would expect to hear more in September. µ


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