AMD Quietly Launches Budget-oriented Radeon R3 SSDs
AMD is not new to the SSD market as they already have their R7 drives using OCZ’s Vertex/Vector platform, out there. Over the past month, the chip maker has quietly introduced a new budget-oriented Radeon R3 Solid State Drive (SSD).
AMD Radeon R3 SSD uses the single-core SMI SM2256 controller paired with TLC from Toshiba, which is most probably built on the 19nm or 15nm process. SSDs come in four capacities ranging from 120GB to 960GB.
AMD claims its Radeon R3 delivers up to 10x the speed of a traditional hard drive. More specifically, sequential reads peak at 520 MB/s while writes vary from 470 MB/s down to 360 MB/s for the 120GB variant.
Further, the slim 2.5” form factor is compatible with Intel or AMD-based systems, laptops and desktops. The SSDs are backed by a 3 year limited warranty.
AMD hasn’t revealed the pricing details yet. Also, the product page mentions R3 as a Galt Advanced Technology Incorporated product which we haven’t been able to know much about.