AMD’s long rumored Radeon SSD line has finally launched thanks to a partnership with Toshiba’s OCZ storage division.
The Radeon-branded drives will be available in three sizes, 120, 240, and 480 gigabytes, and will use the Barefoot 3 controller coupled with Toshiba’s A19 NAND flash.
“The AMD Radeon brand is synonymous with performance and quality amongst PC gamers,” said Roman Kyrychynskyi, director of memory, at AMD, in a statement. “With the new AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs powered by outstanding OCZ Storage Solutions IP, we bring that reputation to the SSD market with a series of drives that offer an ideal combination of performance, reliability and affordability—great for gamers building or upgrading a rig.”
According to a press release by AMD, the drives will be capable of pushing out sequential read speeds of 545MB/sec and write speeds of 530 MB/sec with IOPS coming in at 100,000 for read and 90,000 for write.
AMD has little to do with the SSD drives aside from the brand, which it has licensed to OCZ. It’s unknown the exact royalty scheme OCZ will be paying to AMD for use of the Radeon brand.
Pricing comes in at $99 for the 120GB drive, $164 for the 256GB model, and $290 for the high-end 480GB drive.