Wednesday, May 4th 2016

AMD Intros the Radeon R3 Series Value SSDs

AMD made additions to its Radeon-branded SSD lineup, with the new R3 Series. Targeted at the entry-level segment, these drives come in capacities of 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB; and combine TLC NAND flash memory with Silicon Motion SM2256KX controllers. The 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB variants offer read speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the 960 GB variant up to 510 MB/s. The 120 GB variant writes at up to 360 MB/s, the 240 GB and 480 GB variants at 470 MB/s, and the 960 GB variant at up to 450 MB/s. The drives are built in the 7 mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor, and feature the SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB variants are priced at US $40.99, $69.99, and $136.99, respectively. Prices of the 960 GB variant are not known.
Source: OC3D
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14 Comments on AMD Intros the Radeon R3 Series Value SSDs

#1
ZoneDymo
value SSDs, didn't reveal the pricing....gg amd

EDIT: Prices have been revealed thanks to links of users and now the article itself :)
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#2
EzioAs
ZoneDymo said:
value SSDs, didn't reveal the pricing....gg amd
Ikr? I click the headline specifically to see prices.
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#3
RejZoR
Any idea who's the OEM behind these?
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#4
ZeppMan217
btarunr said:
AMD didn't reveal pricing
What's up with that crap? From your source:
Right now these SSDs are available in the US and Canada, with the US pricing being as follows, $40.99 for the 120GB model, $69.99 for the 240GB model and $136.99 for the 480GB model. These prices came from Amazon US.
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#6
zzzaac
Aren't they from OCZ?
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#7
HumanSmoke
ZoneDymo said:
value SSDs, didn't reveal the pricing....gg amd
Don't know about formal MSRP, but NCIX have had them in stock for about 3 weeks
RejZoR said:
Any idea who's the OEM behind these?
From one of the HC reviewers commenting on a user review from a few weeks ago:
The R3 is not a tosh/OCZ drive. Its basically a Crucial BX200 clone with lower binned NAND and probably not as good firmware. IE its TLC NAND with a SMI 2256 controller that is probably running 100% stock SMI firmware. Its 'made' by a firm that is not well known in the storage industry but approached AMD trying to get into it with the idea of adding to AMDs lineup at a lower price point than OCZ could offer. IE they are AMD board partner that are trying to get a toe hold in a new marketplace. IIRC just like OCZ they are turnkey operation for this drive in that AMD is basically just lending them their name
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#8
hojnikb
yey, another TLC drive.
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#9
Caring1
Replacing the R7 drives they previously had out.
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#10
GhostRyder
EzioAs said:
Ikr? I click the headline specifically to see prices.
All but the 960gb drives prices are shown.

Either way, I have seen better value drives out there for the same money. Picked up a 480gb Sand Disk Ultra II for $120.99 before any rebates for a quick upgrade to a friends laptop which had much better read and write speeds.
Caring1 said:
Replacing the R7 drives they previously had out.
I don't think these are replacing them, these are just lower in the stack kind of like how the Samsung have the PRO series and the EVO series.
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Caring1
GhostRyder said:
I don't think these are replacing them, these are just lower in the stack kind of like how the Samsung have the PRO series and the EVO series.
I wouldn't mind seeing a comparison as the R7 must be around 2 years old.
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#12
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
You can get a 240GB BX200 for $5 less than these prices, and a 480GB BX200 for almost $20 cheaper. I don't think AMD knows the definition of "value"...
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#13
GhostRyder
newtekie1 said:
You can get a 240GB BX200 for $5 less than these prices, and a 480GB BX200 for almost $20 cheaper. I don't think AMD knows the definition of "value"...
It also looks to be a slightly better performer as well which makes this price very meh. I think they need to take a look at the price and the parts used because they need some adjustment on these since there are so many better options for the money out there with better performance.
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#14
jmcslob
MicroCenter has Samsung 480gb for $89..
Try again...value these are not
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