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!
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.
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…