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SSD of the Week – AMD Radeon R7 Just $0.29/GB!

This week we were looking around for the best deal at the ~250GB capacity range of SSDs. Hands down, it turned out to be the AMD Radeon R7. At a low price of just $69.99 it is even cheaper than many of its competitors and delivers great performance!

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The Radeon R7 is a 2.5″ 7mm form factor, SATA 6GB/s SSD. It is also available in two other capacities, 120GB ($49.99) and 480GB ($149.99). While it utilizes an older architecture (Barefoot 3), it still delivers awesome real world performance, especially when under sustained workloads. Reads are rated for up to 550MB/s and writes for up to 530MB/s. In terms of IOPS it is rated for up to 100K/90K read/write, but not only are the peak numbers listed, so are steady-state random 4K write results, which are rated from 12-23K depending on capacity. Also, the endurance figure on this drive is 30GB/day, so there should be plenty of life expectancy out of this SSD, even with moderate use.

Furthermore, the Radeon R7 features 256-bit AES encryption support and has data path protection. It is also covered by OCZ’s hassle free ShieldPlus Warranty service that covers it for up to 4 years in case you ever need to RMA.  It is even bundled with a 3.5-inch desktop adapter bracket and Acronis True Image HD cloning software to easily transfer games, programs, and data from your old drive.

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While it is a year old product we believe that the Radeon R7 is still truly a great value. Looking specifically at the 240GB model, it is under $0.30 per GB, which makes this a pretty hard deal to pass up if you are currently in the market for a new sub-$100 SSD. If you would like to learn more about this drive, please feel free to check out our review on it here. Otherwise…

Check out the AMD Radeon R7 on Amazon Today!

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Great deal!

Thanks

Sean Webster
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Your welcome!

Jim
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Wow. The prices on SSDs seem to be really dropping.

Jim

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Damn, too bad here in EU deals like this don’t exist.

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I can personally vouch for this drive. I first bought it for my main OS drive back when it first came out for more than double the price it is now. And while I have since switched to 2 256GB 850 Pros in a raid 0 for my main OS drive, I still use the 240GB R7 for my recording drive, daily! I’m an audio engineer who uses Pro Tools for my mixing, and so I needed instanaeous response when dealing with high powered plugins, and to be honest the R7 did a pretty damn good keeping up on its… Read more »

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Matt-

It seems like you are doing a lot of manual upkeep on the drive using the Radeon Toolbox. The type of maintenance you are doing is outside the realm of practicality for most users. What made you think that you needed “…to do a security wipe after a few big projects, and that also has been keeping the drive at top performance.”? What degradation do you see if you don’t do the “security wipe”?

Jim

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Sorry, after I wrote this, I never checked back to see if anyone responded. I actually didn’t notice any degredation. I am just anal like that with my SSD’s out of habit. Back when they weren’t so polished, it was good practice to run security wipes on them to keep them at top performance. I honestly haven’t noticed any performace drop on my R7 at all, but since I am writing a ton of data too it, and eventually move it off, since I have the data moved off and have no use for it any more, its easy for… Read more »

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Matt- I kind of figured that force of habit might be the reason, unless security entered into the picture. I’ve had one in service for over a year as a boot drive. Wiping it would be disastrous for me. The Radeon Toolbox has been supplanted by Guru, by the way. I like the fact that the R7 has MLC NAND. It is working fine, but I have gotten away from Toolbox and Guru. I keep Toolbox and Guru on my computer but would use them now only for firmware updates, which I have only had to do once. Otherwise, they… Read more »

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Yeah, I don’t like Guru as Much. I have it installed on my PC as well. And while it gives much more information, at least in my case, it ALWAYS FAILS when doing the security wipe. It gets to 20 percent and says the drive is frozen. And no matter what i do, even booting up to the guru boot disk, the damn security wipe NEVER works! But, even after using GURU and it failing the security wipe, I fire up the Toolbox without even restarting, literally seconds later, and the Toolbox wipes the drive just fine! So I use… Read more »

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Matt- The initial Acronis version I got with the R7 worked fine for the HDD to SSD transfer. I left it on my computer but set it so it would not run in the background. Guru does not sense the data distribution on my drive so I do not have the confidence to send a TRIM command using it. Guru does not consistently sense the correct state of the SATA connection, either. I just keep it turned off. I kept Toolbox around for TRIM. Now I use other programs that keep the drive running tippy-top. I just keep Toolbox turned… Read more »

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Also I am sure you know this, you definitely seem to be well informed Jim, but Acronis 2014 or any Image Program that you trust really, is perfect for imaging your boot drive off to a spare drive, booting up under the Toolbox boot disc and running a security wipe, and then dumping the image right back too it. That is if you notice any performance loss. Obviously if you don’t there is no reason too. But I think I mentioned in my first post that I run my OS on 2 850 Pro’s now, and because I am on… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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It is great having detailed contribution like this; thank you sincerely.

Dan
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Dan

Does this have the same “halts every 20 seconds during sustained writes” issue that the Vector 180 has?

Sean Webster
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It shouldn’t as that was caused by a featured that was added only to the Vector 180.

Dan
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Dan

I’m surprised since my Google scan just indicated that it comes with the same NAND, controller and v1.01 firmware version number that exhibited the problem.

Sean Webster
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The firmware revision number doesn’t mean anything. The Vector 180 has a different hardware design and firmware design.

Matt
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Matt

It definitely doesn’t. I have the Vector 180s as well. I now use them for recording my TV in my HTPC Box. They Perform that task without a hitch, but that problem your talking about is SOMEWHAT noticeable when performing HEAVY and Complex computing. You really would only notice it if you were using them for a Complex SQL Database, that is constantly being updated from different users, or doing video/audio editing. They keep up with the recording part quite nicely, just every now and again they can hiccup for just a second when doing some heavy editing. Otherwise this… Read more »