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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD review

1. Features

Today we have in our labs a solid-state drive (SSD) designed by OCZ and branded by AMD. The AMD Radeon R7 SSD has been available at the market for a long time now, and it is AMD's first effort to expand its successful Radeon brand to SSDs.

Just as they did with memory, AMD is partnering with a third party that handles the development, manufacturing and support of the product, which in the case of the R7 SSD is OCZ.

The SSD is listed on both AMD's and OCZ's websites. It is based on OCZ's Barefoot 3 platform as many other SSDs, so we should not expect anything new or rather surprising from this product.

The R7 SSD is based on OCZ's Barefoot 3 M00 controller, which is clocked at 397MHz. We should mention that the M10 version of the controller that is used in the ARC 100 and Vertex 460/450 runs at 352MHz instead. The NAND is the same Toshiba's 64Gbit A19nm MLC as in the ARC 100. But there is also a change. While the ARC 100 is rated at 20GB for three years (21.9TB total) and the Vector 150 is at 50GB for five years (91.2TB total), the R7 hits the middle ground by offering 30GB of writes per day for four years (43.8TB total).

The R7 SSD is available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.

Here are the specs:

Sequential Read Speed1 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed1 470 MB/s 530 MB/s 530 MB/s
Random Read Speed
(4KB, QD32)2
85,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS 100,000 IOPS
Random Write Speed
(4KB, QD32)2
90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS
Steady-State Random Write Speed (4KB, QD32)3 12,000 IOPS 20,000 IOPS 23,000 IOPS

1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO
2. 4KB random performance is measured with IOMeter 2010, incompressible, QD32
3. Steady State performance measured with IOMeter 2010 after a 12hr precondition according to SNIA guidelines

Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
NAND Components Toshiba A19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
Interface Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
NAND Controller OCZ Barefoot 3 M00
Form Factor 2.5-inch, 7mm height (fits ultra-thin notebooks)
Dimension (L x W x H) 99.70 x 69.75 x 7.00 mm
Weight 115g


Data Path Protection BCH ECC corrects up to 44 random bits/1KB
MTBF 2.3 million hours
Encryption 256-bit AES-compliant
Product Health Monitoring Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support
Endurance Rated for 30GB/day of host writes for 4 years under typical client workloads
Serial ATA (SATA) Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.2. Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Operating System Windows / Linux / Mac OSX
Power Requirements Standard SATA Power Connector
Targeted Applications Client workstations and laptops


Power Consumption Idle: 0.60W, Active: 3.450W
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -45°C ~ 85°C
Shock Resistance 1000G/0.5ms
Vibration (Operational) 2.17Grms (7-800Hz)
Vibration (Non-operational) 3.13Grms (5-800Hz)
Altitude (Operational) -1,000ft. to 10,000ft
Altitude (Non-operational) -1,000ft. to 40,000ft
Certifications UL C/US, FCC, CE, C-Tick, KCC, BSMI, VCCI, WEEE


Performance Optimization TRIM (requires OS support), Idle Time Garbage Collection
Service & Support 4-Year ShieldPlus Warranty, 24 Hour Forum Support, Firmware Updates, Direct Tech Support: USA/Canada: 408.440.3770   EMEA: +44(0)1235 822098
Accessories 3.5" desktop adapter
Software Bundled with Acronis True Image HD


120G RADEON-R7SSD-120G 842024036814
240G RADEON-R7SSD-240G 842024036821
480G RADEON-R7SSD-480G 842024036838

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