10. Final thoughts
Performance wise, the R7 is not the fastest SSD you can buy. Its good performance with small files in both read and write tasks and mainly in high QDs should be a plus, while its sequential speeds are a bit lower than those quoted by AMD, although these results are depending on the benchmark you are using. In addition, the drive returned mediocre results in PCMark7 and PCMark 8 benchmarks.
In a few words, you should expect a performance between the OCZ ARC 100 and the MX200 / Vector 150. So you might think that AMD should have been shipping the drive in a competitive price, in order to make it an attractive alternative for the users. That's not exactly the case though, as the 240GB version of the R7 retails online for $135, which is more or less the price of an OCZ Vector 180 SSD and of higher than what you could spend for a Crucial MX200 SSD. Sure, a four-year warranty is a plus, although Samsung and SanDisk are offering 10-year warranties in their high-end SSDs.
The R7 is not a bad SSD, but it should find its way to the middle-class with a bit more aggressive pricing policy. AMD has been heavily promoted its SSD but still, it cannot stand-out as it mainly fits to the category of users who trust the Radeon branding, without necessarily seeking for the best value for their money.