AMD bolsters its budget storage options with its R3 SSDs

AMD’s best-known Radeon products are graphics cards, but the brand name can be found on a range of other offerings. The company offers Radeon SSDs, memory modules, and even Radeon branded RAMDisk software. Now, AMD is updating its existing line of Radeon SSDs to include more modern, budget-friendly options. Meet the new Radeon R3 Solid State Drive series:

  Radeon R3 120GB Radeon R3 240GB Radeon R3 480GB Radeon R3 960GB
Part number SSDR3L120G SSDR3SL240G SSDR3SL480G SSDR3SL960G
Sequential reads 520 MB/s 520 MB/s 520 MB/s 510 MB/s
Sequential writes 360 MB/s 470 MB/s 470 MB/s 450 MB/s
Price $41 $80 $150 N/A
Controller Silicon Motion SM2256KX

All of the R3 SSDs use the Silicon Motion SM2256KX SSD controller and feature TLC NAND from an unnamed vendor. The drives are built by the Chinese company Galt Advanced Technology Incorporated, which is a name we haven’t seen around here before. The drives use a SATA 6Gbps interface.

Going by the performance numbers provided by AMD, these drives should be just a bit behind OCZ's Trion 150 SSDs. Newegg hasn’t listed the R3 SSDs yet, but Amazon is asking a bit of a premium for the R3s versus the Trion 150s, putting the red team's drives in closer competition with Samsung’s 850 EVO SSD. That positioning is a bit of an odd value proposition, given the performance numbers AMD has provided. Since these drives have just hit the market, we may see these prices come down with time, though. The drives come with a three-year warranty that's fulfilled by Galt.

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    • Arclight
    • 4 years ago

    They should sell their own systems now that they got “in house” CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD.

      • blastdoor
      • 4 years ago

      I guess that would give users the peace of mind that comes from knowing that all of the components in their systems are as cheap as possible. For example, budget-conscious users would never again have to worry about an unnecessarily fast or reliable SSD being included in their system.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Galt… Galt… Galt… Nope, sorry. Who he?

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    I had no idea that it had non-low-budget storage options.

    • DarkMikaru
    • 4 years ago

    This is ironic seeing this article as I ordered the 120GB version for my moms old laptop I gave her a while ago. The Crucial C300 64GB finally out grew it’s usefulness. Only took mom all of 3+yrs to fill it up! So i figured a 120GB will last at least that. And let me tell you guys, it’s rated speed of 520 Read / 360 Write is dead on. I just finished running it through it’s paces and got the following scores..

    Crystal Disk Mark 5.1.2 x64
    Read = 557.0 Write = 353.1

    AS SSD 1.8.5636.37293
    Read = 507.49 Write = 381.31

    Anvil Storage 1.1.0
    Read = 416.18 Write = 378.84

    ATTO v3.05
    Read = 557.95 Write = 364.39

    Samsung Magician
    Read = 557.00 Write = 358.00

    Cost was very competitive too. After taxes I think it cost $43.76 with free shipping off Amazon.
    [url<]http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Memory-R3-120GB-SSDR3L120G/dp/B01DMR9X0K?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00[/url<] Seriously guys, I just don't see any point to anything bigger than 120 or 240GB SSD's. The whole point of them is to improve overall system responsiveness. And this little guy delivers just as well as any other budget ssd out there. Windows 8.1 boots in record time (23 seconds) even on the Acer 5536's outdated Athlon X2 QL-65 2.1Ghz cpu. It's impressive at 40 bucks.

    • NeelyCam
    • 4 years ago

    Huh. I guess John Galt disappeared, moved to China and started an SSD company.

    Why is AMD selling SSDs again…?

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I’d bet the SSDs themselves don’t even ship out from any sort of AMD facility.

      • LostCat
      • 4 years ago

      To make money without actually doing anything.

      • Buzzard44
      • 4 years ago

      Who’s John Galt?

    • Deanjo
    • 4 years ago

    I only have to question why anyone would buy an AMD branded SSD that relies on 3rd parties to handle their support and warranty. Stick to a proven SSD brand, you know what kind of support you can get from them.

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 4 years ago

    Wow. Next AMD will release something really crazy… like a CPU.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Uh, who in AMD thought this would be a good idea:

    “Let’s stick our name on a cheap, low-performance SSD using a budget controller and mystery NAND assembled by a chinese manufacturer nobody has ever heard of”

      • DPete27
      • 4 years ago

      “I have an AMD processor and need compatible RAM and an SSD.”

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        I have to begrudgingly admit that your point is a good one, though it’s a sad sad time for AMD if they’re trying to make money out of the SSD space when they make none of the parts and outsource everything….

          • just brew it!
          • 4 years ago

          Well… they’ve moved to outsourcing fabrication of their CPUs, and are rumored to be outsourcing design of the chipsets for Zen as well. Probably the only thing stopping them from moving to a more ARM-like (i.e. IP licensing) business model is the Intel IP cross-licensing agreements. Otherwise they could just license the APU designs out, and let Sony and Microsoft find fab partners to do the manufacturing for the game console market.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 4 years ago

        The number of people who 1) have an AMD cpu, 2) realize they have an AMD cpu, 3) are savvy enough to install a hd or ram on their own, but 4) think this brand matching matters

        So this is for maybe 20-30 customers world wide?

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 4 years ago

      That’s why it’s an “R3” level product. I suspect that AMD was offered money for the use of their name.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I’m betting 5 cents on Roy Taylor.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 4 years ago

      Its actually an OCZ / Toshiba underneath.

        • ch┬Áck
        • 4 years ago

        toshiba makes good nand.

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        That’s the R7 model you’re thinking of, nothing wrong with those rebadged Toshiba drives.

        My issue is that nobody’s ever heard of the manufacturer Galt (at least Google hasn’t, anyway) and the NAND is not listed as Toshiba, which is about as suspicious as a monitor manufacturer not listing that the panel type is TN, because most TN panels are junk.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I dread the day AMD just hires an unknown Chinese or Indian chipmaker to design CPUs for them and AMD just slaps their name on it.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Wait, so we were complaining about Intel’s numbering scheme for chips being confusing but now we can’t even tell if a Radeon is a GPU or an SSD?

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 4 years ago

      Having a 120GB Radeon sounds way more impressive than a 32GB GeForce.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Best comment I’ve read in a while.

      • Alexko
      • 4 years ago

      “SSDR3SL480G” seems pretty clear to me, especially the “SSD” part.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Rolls off the tongue. Yeah.

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