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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid-State Drives

AMD announced a new business relationship with OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid-State Drives (SSDs).

For more information visit: www.amd.com


Unedited press release follows:

AMD Expands Gaming Portfolio With New Radeon™ R7 Series Solid State Drives

Exclusive Technology Partnership With OCZ Storage Solutions Empowers Gamers With Affordable, High-Performance SSDs

SUNNYVALE, CA — (Aug 19, 2014) – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new technology partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions – A Toshiba Group Company, for AMD Radeon™-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Starting today, users can purchase the AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities from their favorite online retailers.

The AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are an excellent choice for gamers looking to upgrade their system’s overall responsiveness with an economical solution that puts performance and reliability front and center.

“The AMD Radeon™ brand is synonymous with performance and quality amongst PC gamers,” said Roman Kyrychynskyi, director of memory, AMD. “With the new AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs powered by outstanding OCZ Storage Solutions IP, we bring that reputation to the SSD market with a series of drives that offer an ideal combination of performance, reliability and affordability — great for gamers building or upgrading a rig.”

AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are a unique solution in the OCZ Storage Solutions portfolio. As the first high performance SSDs to utilize the Toshiba Group’s latest A19 MLC NAND flash process and the proven Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the AMD Radeon™ R7 Series disks offer exemplary write endurance of 30GB/day, as well as read/write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. This exclusive combination of hardware also features a special anodized black housing, characteristic of the AMD Radeon™ brand.

“The new AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are built using state of the art flash and controller technology from Toshiba and OCZ,” said Alex Mei, chief marketing officer, OCZ Storage Solutions. “By combining this proprietary technology with cost-efficient price points, we can deliver a tremendous value to gamers seeking the ultimate balance of performance and endurance for the complete gamut of their desktop and mobile gaming applications.”

AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs represent the next stage of AMD’s strategy to be a “one-stop shop” for consumers, with a portfolio of high-performance solutions that now includes: AMD Radeon™ graphics cards, AMD FX processors, AMD Accelerated Processing Units, AMD Radeon™ memory, processor chipsets, and more. The addition of a solid state drive makes it easier than ever for a customer to outfit their system with like-branded components both for peace of mind and reliability.

AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs will be available at a starting price of $99.99 USD for the 120GB drive, and specifications for all models are as follows:

AMD Radeon™ R7 Solid State Drives
120GB 240GB 480GB
Seq. Read1 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Seq. Write1 470 MB/s 530 MB/s 530 MB/s
Max Random Read IOPS2 (4K QD32) 85,000 95,000 100,000
Max Random Write IOPS2 (4K QD32) 90,000 90,000 90,000
Steady-State Random3 Write IOPS (4K QD32) 12,000 20,000 23,000

About OCZ Storage Solutions
OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company is a leading provider of high performance client and enterprise solid-state storage products and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ Storage Solutions leverages proprietary technology to provide SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces to address a wide range of applications. Having internally developed firmware and controllers, virtualization, cache and acceleration software, and endurance extending and data reliability technologies, the Company delivers vertically integrated solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged by customers. More information is available at www.ocz.com.

About AMD
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

An OCZ Storage Solutions-A Toshiba Company product. AMD brand, technology names and logos used under license from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo and Radeon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1. Maximum sequential speeds are measured with ATTO. Test conducted and verified by OCZ
2. 4KB random performance is measured with Crystal Disk Mark, 1000MB test file size, QD32. Test conducted and verified by OCZ.
3. Steady State performance measured with IOMeter 2010 after a 12hr precondition according to SNIA guidelines. Test conducted and verified by OCZ.

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