AMD is definitely pushing its plan to have a hardware lineup for a complete system and after the introduction of AMD Radeon memory, a newly leaked slides suggest that the company is just days from releasing its Radeon branded solid state drives, the Radeon R7 SSD series. We originally reported on AMD's SSD plans back in April, but now it seems launch is imminent.
To be available in 120, 240 and 480GB capacities, the upcoming Radeon R7 series SSDs will be based on OCZ/Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller paired up wtih Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. The recently leaked OCZ Arc 100 SSD lineup will feature similar specs and it appears that AMD has struck a deal with OCZ Storage Solutions, which is now a part of the Toshiba Group, to rebrand these drives.
AMD Radeon R7 series SSDs will use the standard 2.5-inch 7mm form factor and this combination of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller and Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND will offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s (470MB/s write on the 120GB model). The 4K QD32 random read will be set at up to 85k, 95k and 100k IOPS for three models while maximum random 4K QD32 write will be at up to 90k IOPS on all three models.
While the leaked slides do not shed any light on the price, they do indicate that the drives should be released later this month. Since these are quite similar to the OCZ Arc 100 SSD series, you can expect them to have a similar price set at US $74.99, US $119.99 and US $239.99 for the 120, 240 and 480GB models.