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AMD Radeon R7 240GB Gaming SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 4:00 am
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TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMD

AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD

 

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AMD used the same physical box type that OCZ used on the ARC 100 Series. The graphics are different though since this is a different product.

 

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The back of the package shows some performance data as well as a list of features. Here you will also find an OCZ logo so AMD and OCZ are not hiding their partnership.

 

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Inside the package, we found three paper manuals, one specifically for Acronis. We also found a desktop adapter bracket and mounting screws.

 

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Here we get our first look at the drive. AMD used a 7mm z-height case for the Radeon R7, and like other OCZ SSDs, the case is made from an aluminum alloy. It's a very strong and sturdy design that also doubles as a heat sink for the controller.

 

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The part number, model number, and serial number are located on the back of the drive.

 

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As mentioned previously, this is a 7mm design so the Radeon R7 will work in nearly all desktops, notebooks and Ultrabooks.

 

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Unlike the ARC 100, this SSD ships with a desktop adapter bracket.

 

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The controller faces the cover so the cover acts as a heat sink for the controller.

 

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Inside, we found the Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller paired with two Micron DRAM packages and sixteen A19 flash packages.

 

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The Barefoot 3 M00 is OCZ's current flagship flash controller. This is the same controller found on OCZ's Vector 150 SSD and uses a higher clock speed than the M10 found in Vertex 460 and ARC 100.

 

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The flash is Toshiba's new A19 that uses a die size of 19mm x 19.5mm. This is Toshiba's second generation 19nm flash - the first generation had a die size of 19mm x 27mm.

 

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The 240GB model we're looking at today has two Micron DDR3-1600 DRAM packages. Together, both packages provide 512mb of buffering capacity.

 

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