A quick look at AMD’s Radeon R7 SSD

AMD is known primarily for its CPU and graphics products. The company has been selling Radeon-branded memory since 2011, though, and it’s now entering the storage market. Put your hands together for the new Radeon R7 SSD:

The drive is the next step in a strategy to increase the number of PC components bearing the Radeon name. And that’s mostly what this is—an SSD bearing the Radeon name. It’s actually made by OCZ, which tunes the firmware and configuration to meet AMD’s specifications. That relationship isn’t exactly a secret, either. OCZ’s name is printed prominently on the back of the drive.

Under the hood, the R7 SSD uses the same Barefoot 3 controller as OCZ’s high-end Vector 150. Like most other contemporary controllers, the chip has eight parallel NAND channels, a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, and hardware-based AES encryption. The clock frequency is higher than in other OCZ SSDs, but AMD isn’t saying by how much.

The flash is familiar from OCZ’s budget-oriented ARC 100. Toshiba manufactures the NAND on the latest “A19” version of its 19-nm process. Each chip has 8GB of storage and a two-bit MLC configuration. Pretty standard fare, all things considered.

Per the blueprint for new SSDs, the R7 SSD is governed by tweaked firmware. Changes were made to accommodate the A19 NAND and the higher controller frequency. OCZ also tuned the wear-leveling algorithms to extend the drive’s endurance. The R7 SSD is rated for 30GB of writes per day for the length of its four-year warranty. That works out to about 44TB of total writes, which is better than average for a consumer-grade SSD.

Plenty of other consumer drives have higher endurance ratings. For example, OCZ’s Vector 150 is good for 50GB of writes per day for five years. The Radeon R7 SSD is meant to “shoot the gap” between that drive and the Vertex 460, which is covered for three years at 20GB/day. Here’s how it fits into the current OCZ lineup:

  Vector 150 Radeon R7 Vertex 460 ARC 100
Controller Barefoot 3 M00 Barefoot 3 M00 Barefoot 3 M10 Barefoot 3 M10
NAND 19 nm MLC A19 nm MLC 19 nm MLC A19 nm MLC
Max seq. read 550MB/s 550MB/s 545MB/s 490MB/s
Max seq. write 530MB/s 530MB/s 525MB/s 450MB/s
Endurance 50GB/day 30GB/day 20GB/day 20GB/day
Warranty 5 years 4 years 3 years 3 years
Price (240GB) $189.99 $163.99 $139.99 $119.99

The R7 is pretty much the epitome of a mid-range SSD. Like the rest of its Barefoot kin, available capacities range from 120GB to 480GB. Those drives have the same amount of total flash as 128GB to 512GB SSDs, but they reserve more of it for the controller. This overprovisioned area is used to accelerate write performance and to perform various management functions.

We’ve tested enough Barefoot 3-based SSDs to have a pretty good sense of their performance characteristics. They tend to be competitive all around and especially strong in sustained tests with lots of random I/O. The Radeon R7 isn’t different enough from those drives to justify putting it through our full suite of tests. However, we did run the Radeon through DriveBench 2.0, our trace-based simulation of nearly two weeks of real-world desktop activity.

We quantify DriveBench performance using service times—the amount of time it takes to complete I/O requests. Click the buttons below the graph to switch between reads and writes.


OCZ’s recent SSDs all perform well in this test, so it’s no surprise the Radeon has the quickest mean write service time of the bunch. It’s only 0.01 milliseconds ahead of the Vector 150 in that metric, though—and 0.01 milliseconds behind OCZ’s desktop flagship with reads.

We also evaluate DriveBench performance by looking at the number of requests that take longer than 100 milliseconds to execute. These extremely long service times make up only a fraction of the overall total, but they’re much more likely to be noticeable. Again, click the buttons to switch between reads and writes.


Once more, the Radeon scores very well. Barely any of its service times exceed 100 milliseconds. The differences between it and the Vector 150 are negligible.

We tested the Radeon R7 240GB, which has slightly higher performance ratings than the 120GB unit. The 480GB version, in turn, has marginally better specs than the 240GB model.

Capacity Die config Max sequential (MB/s) Max 4KB random (IOps) Sustained

4KB write IOps

Price $/GB
Read Write Read Write
120GB 16 x 8GB 550 470 85,000 90,000 12,000 $99.99 $0.82
240GB 32 x 8GB 550 530 95,000 90,000 20,000 $163.99 $0.68
480GB 64 x 8GB 550 530 100,000 90,000 23,000 $298.99 $0.62

Higher-capacity drives typically cost less per gig, and the Radeons don’t deviate from that trend. They’re hardly cheap compared to budget SSDs, but they’re not exactly expensive given the performance and warranty.

The Radeon drives come with 3.5″ bay adapters and download codes for Acronis True Image HD. They’re also compatible with OCZ’s Toolbox software, which is handy for updating the firmware and checking the SMART attributes.

My more cynical side can’t help but scoff at the fact that the Radeon R7 is just another Barefoot 3 SSD cooked with a slightly different recipe. But there’s nothing wrong with that. The controller has appealing performance characteristics, and this implementation effectively plugs a hole between OCZ’s high-end and value-oriented spins on the same core technology. Loyal fanboys will surely appreciate being able to buy another Radeon-branded component to match their other AMD gear.

Despite the sticker on the front, though, this is very much an OCZ product. That company is even handling the support and warranty service. Whether there’s anything wrong with that depends on whether you believe OCZ has turned a corner since being acquired by Toshiba last year. The jury’s still out, but initial indications are positive, at least.

In any case, AMD tells us Radeon R7 SSDs will be available by the end of the month. The firm says we could see more Radeon SSDs in the future. AMD and OCZ are “exploring other opportunities” that could include a more premium solution with an R9 designation. OCZ is surely cooking up a next-gen drive with a native PCIe interface, and I’m sure AMD would be happy to put a Radeon sticker on it if the R7 drives prove to be a success.

Comments closed
    • LoneWolf15
    • 5 years ago

    You know, I know OCZ-Toshiba is trying to look better. I just don’t know if they’re trying to *be* better.

    The `Egg had a serious deal on Toshiba SSDs last week, enough to make me think about it. Then I saw the reviews of all of the people who had one fail within the first 6-8 months. A couple of them bought half a dozen or a dozen and had a quarter of them fail. That was enough to kill it for me.

    I can buy a Crucial MX100 quite inexpensively, or when on sale, a Samsung 840 EVO. I’d trust either of them a lot more for a minor price increase.

    • ronch
    • 5 years ago

    OK, if you guys think this move by AMD is strange, here’s my latest take on it. JBI started a [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95740<] thread[/url<] about this in the forums and I thought I'd just use my reply to him there, here. I just copied and pasted. It's not really plagiarism now, is it? Anyway... [quote<]I think AMD shopped around for the sweetest deal they could get, and OCZ, knowing their image has been tainted and wants to sell as many drives as they could, gave AMD an offer they can't refuse despite letting people know the drive is actually made by a tainted company. As part of the deal, OCZ also wanted to put its name -- albeit on the undersides -- of the products. I think OCZ is aware of its past mistakes and vows to make better drives, and if it succeeds in vastly improving their quality, it stands to gain from the deal by hitching a ride on the Radeon brand that AMD seems to be so feverishly promoting these days. Use AMD to regain a foothold and sell stuff, then kick AMD out of the picture when people again associate OCZ as a maker of quality drives that actually made SSDs for AMD. Clever and sneaky.[/quote<]

    • ptsant
    • 5 years ago

    AMD just wants people to know that if they buy “Radeon” branded hardware, their PC is going to be decent. Choosing components is not always easy (it is certainly easier for the audience of this site but not for everyone). Especially in the low end, people may cripple their new AMD APU PC with DDR3 1333MHz or with a slow HD. In that sense, the R7 SSD or the Radeon RAM are just re-validated/tested components, not a way to make money for AMD.

    Anyway, the drive looks nice, but OCZ certainly has to prove they no longer have reliability problems before I’ll give them my money.

      • chuckula
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<] Especially in the low end, people may cripple their new AMD APU PC with DDR3 1333MHz or with a slow HD. [/quote<] The unending refrain I've heard for the last 7 years or so: [b<]AMD IS CHEAPAR!! WHO CARES ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!! GOOD ENUFF PARFORMANCES!!! CHEAPAR!! CHEAPAR!!! CHEAPAR!![/b<] What certain fanboys fail to realize is that this philosophy is likely going to extend to other components in the system including the RAM, SSDs, etc. etc. AMD ain't gonna win going the Worst-Buy route where they sell you the CPU "cheap" and then massively overcharge you on the [s<]HDMI cable[/s<] [u<]memory and SSDs[/u<].

        • ptsant
        • 5 years ago

        [quote<] The unending refrain I've heard for the last 7 years or so: AMD IS CHEAPAR!! WHO CARES ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!! GOOD ENUFF PARFORMANCES!!! CHEAPAR!! CHEAPAR!!! CHEAPAR!! [/quote<] I didn't make any comment on the performance or price of AMD products. Certainly you seem to have a strong opinion on the subject. [quote<] AMD ain't gonna win going the Worst-Buy route where they sell you the CPU "cheap" and then massively overcharge you on the memory and SSDs.[/quote<] From a marketing perspective, it seems reasonable to try and suggest some key elements of the system if you want your users to have a good experience. This is what Apple is doing, for example by selling "black boxes" of hardware. AMD does not have the financial means to sell complete systems, but "branding" validated components is not unreasonable. I do not know US prices, but the Radeon variant of the drive fits quite nicely in the table above with respect to the price and characteristics of its siblings. Similarly, Radeon memory does not seem excessively priced as far as I can tell. In the end, paying +$10 for a validated piece of hardware that will "just work OK" doesn't seem such a bad deal, even for people that have a limited budget.

    • atari030
    • 5 years ago

    The way people are, the TR staff might as well just title any AMD-oriented article posted here as [b<]Tech Company Piñata Comment Area for Your Enjoyment[/b<] by default

      • maxxcool
      • 5 years ago

      AMD inflicts the most wounds too itself ..

        • atari030
        • 5 years ago

        By attempting to make a little more money by injecting itself intoo the SSD market?

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 5 years ago

    Didn’t AMD last license memory from Toshiba? Isn’t this just an extension of that deal now that Toshiba owns OCZ? I suppose this is also AMD’s way of countering Intel’s SSD business?

    Regardless, this makes about as much sense as memory did. I imagine soon AMD will bundle with its CPU and/or GPU software to offload some of what’s done in memory onto the SSD. That’s what happened last time when they floated out memory. They turned around and used it to push software that could boost benchmarks. Software that they also licensed from a third party.

    In fact, AMD does that a lot lately. Between Raptr and that RAM drive software, AMD does like to have outside third parties doing their software work for them.

    All that said, my opinion is the same if/when it was OCZ introducing a new SSD…

    Friends don’t let friends OCZ. They have abysmal one-star review ratings for a reason. You don’t have to go high priced Samsung, but you certainly don’t have to pay slightly less for an OCZ drive destined to fail on you only for you to see your drive mentioned in the review of THE NEXT BIG THING (TM pending) as, “Well that one was bad, but this one doesn’t have enough reviews for us to be sure how bad it is…”

    Just buy something as cheap but without the OCZ brand traits of high failure rate and poor QA. Or going by Toshiba’s hard drive reviews, their poor QA either…

      • chuckula
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<]Didn't AMD last license memory from Toshiba?[/quote<] Yes, and IIRC, AMD sent over a pre-built Kaveri test rig to TR for review that included the AMD-branded RAM... and one of the sticks went bad during TR's review process.

        • Firestarter
        • 5 years ago

        I have 4x4GB of that ram in my computer right now, they’re still doing well *knock on wood*

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 5 years ago

      I have an OCZ SSD. No problems with it. The problems were with their early drives and beta firmware.

      That’s what happens when you’re an early adopter. You pay high prices for questionable goods. Caveat emptor.

        • divide_by_zero
        • 5 years ago

        This is so, so, so very incorrect. OCZ has had well documented problems that were not simply a result of beta firmware.

        You can shift some of the blame Sandforce for a buggy firmware if you’d like, but minimizing the issues suffered by OCZ owners by stating “The problems were with their early drives and beta firmware.” is a woefully untrue.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 5 years ago

          No, it is true, and you partially admitted it, due to sandforce. OCZ drives lacked QC, that would be a more accurate statement, as they used their customers to beta test, and the later firmwares fixed the bugs. My OCZ drive works fine, as do the vast majority of the newer ones.

          Plenty of other companies used the same sandforce controller, including [i<]intel[/i<], and it worked fine. OCZ just used buggy firmware. Which was fixed down the road. Way too much FUD here on OCZ. They aren't great, but they aren't that bad either. The only thing I would tell people looking at OCZ is, do your homework. Which is true of ANY product. Boycott OCZ if you want, but the FUD is just stupid. People can make their own decisions.

            • WaltC
            • 5 years ago

            Down through the ages people have always made fun of those things they cannot understand, those things that confound them…”I know that AMD is not making lunchboxes or T-shirts, but let’s pretend that they are and then let’s laugh loudly at our own silliness,” etc…;) Then they slap each other on the back and give each other +’s, high-fives, and all the rest of it.

            (You’re better off not being in that club…;))

    • ludi
    • 5 years ago

    Same PCB as the ARC 100, and same empty BGA pad. Anyone know what the optional feature would otherwise be?

    • carreragt
    • 5 years ago

    I sincerely hope that AMD makes some money from this latest venture, although that seems unlikely given the fact that they don’t own manufacturing.

      • Farting Bob
      • 5 years ago

      Seems like another “so we wont make any money on this, but it will build the brand and in the future we’ll take over the world!” idea from AMD. The problem is they need to sell large numbers of things that make decent profit now, or there won’t be a future.

    • DarkMikaru
    • 5 years ago

    Considering I was impressed by the Arc 100 review and the fact that I’ve started to feel confident with finally purchasing OCZ SSD’s again. Maybe the R7 will be my first OCZ since 2009/2010 when they were just flat out terrible. Were talking failing in less than 30 days terrible here.

    Since I’m contemplating re-vamping my beloved Thermaltake Urban S31 / FX-8350 rig with a few tweaks this summer this might be the ticket. Might be. I’m still quite happy with my Samsung 830 Pro 256GB drive currently in use. Honestly, I don’t need this because it matches my AMD theme. AMD Fanboy? Absolutely. Foolish with my money? I try not to be.. 😉 We all have our vices.

    If the price isn’t to bad I’ll give it a shot and use the 830 as a Games / Virtual Machine drive or something. Either way, happy to see this and I hope it works out.

    • Freon
    • 5 years ago

    Call me after a few of these drives have survived the TechReport 600TB-Write Endurance Torture Test of Doom (TM) at a bare minimum. Even then, I think I’d need to have them selling at a steep discount compared to competitors to consider them.

    • flip-mode
    • 5 years ago

    Merchandizing! Merchandizing! AMD the t-shirt. AMD the lunch box. AMD the flame thrower (this one’s my favorite)!!!!

      • DarkMikaru
      • 5 years ago

      Now the flame thrower…yes…. I’ll take 2 please!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      All the +3 for the great Spaceballs reference.

    • ronch
    • 5 years ago

    I wonder just how much money AMD makes/will make selling Radeon stickers for use in RAM sticks and SSDs from other companies. And why use and promote the Radeon brand outside graphics? I just don’t understand what those stupid AMD marketers are getting at. AFAIK other companies don’t do this sort of crazy stunt. Is this some sort of marketing experiment?

    • maxxcool
    • 5 years ago

    /shakes head/ This is too easy to make fun of … no point in kicking AMD for this one, there too busy defeating themselves.

      • ronch
      • 5 years ago

      It’s so irritating how people all over the Internet use ‘to’ instead of ‘too’. Or mistakenly use “it’s” instead of “its” and vice versa. Or don’t know the difference between ‘lose’, ‘loss’ and ‘loose’.

        • maxxcool
        • 5 years ago

        too bad? 😉

    • USAFTW
    • 5 years ago

    AMD has been putting it’s name on other stuff. According to video series on YouTube titled GPU Tube graphic content they also make beach balls, espresso makers, golf balls and hats. Look it up. Maybe they will explore some of those possibilities for money making too.

      • ronch
      • 5 years ago

      Guess AMD’s really diversifying these days. /s

    • Deanjo
    • 5 years ago

    “Introducing the AMD R7 SSD, blazing speeds up to 550 MB/s read, 530 MB/s write!!!!! ***”

    *** Benchmark results from testing on an intel chipset. YMMV with AMD chipsets.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    And that’s how you dilute your brand…

      • Ninjitsu
      • 5 years ago

      Well, maybe in the end they’ll be left with the GPU division, SSD division and ARM server division.

    • chuckula
    • 5 years ago

    Rory Read: Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the CPUs is made.
    AMD-the T-shirt!
    AMD-the Coloring Book!
    AMD-the Lunch box!
    AMD-the Breakfast Cereal!
    AMD-the Flame Thrower (the kids love this one)!

    And last but not least, AMD the doll, me.

    [pulls string]

    Doll: May the Fanboy be with you!

    Rory Read: [kisses the doll] Adorable.

      • Meadows
      • 5 years ago

      I’d buy a liquid-cooled AMD lunch box.

      • deruberhanyok
      • 5 years ago

      I’d buy the flame thrower. AM3+ motherboards for those aren’t too expensive. [zing?]

      Also, who downvoted a Spaceballs reference? Shame on you.

      • Klimax
      • 5 years ago

      This has to be some reference, but I can’t pinpoint it. Maybe Robocop or something like that?

        • chuckula
        • 5 years ago

        Just in case you aren’t trolling: [url<]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094012/[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      err muh gerd you beat flip-mode to it by hours and hours, and it’s buried down here. Splendid.

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 5 years ago

      It works well for Harley-Davidson.

        • superjawes
        • 5 years ago

        At least Harley starts with a product people want to buy…

      • anotherengineer
      • 5 years ago

      Merchandising = Marketing = More profits (maybe??)

      So that’s how they intend to down size the marketing team!!

      • Voldenuit
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<]AMD-the Flame Thrower (the kids love this one)![/quote<] I think you misspelled 'AMD FX 9370' 😛

      • Arbedark
      • 5 years ago

      * my 1. post only for u chuck.. *

      [url<]https://theintelstore.com/category2.aspx?catalogid=2[/url<] So Intel Products are ok ? And AMD not ?

    • Meadows
    • 5 years ago

    [quote<]The drive is the next step in a strategy to increase the number of PC components bearing the Radeon name.[/quote<] A pity, AMD, because "Radeon" doesn't even sound good or hip. On a separate note: ugh, Acronis. Bad experience there the last time I tried it. Edit: there's nothing wrong with the drive itself or the performance, but it's hard to get excited when the Pro 840 I bought ages ago is still near the sweet corner of TR's value plots.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 5 years ago

      I’ve used the free and paid versions of Acronis successfully. For my most recent hard-drive to SSD migration, I used Macrium Reflect. I was impressed with Reflect’s significantly more user-friendly interface and streamlined setup process.

    • ronch
    • 5 years ago

    I know I’m nitpicking, but if I was the product planner for these things I would put ‘Solid State Drive’ on the sticker and all similar product logos accompanying the product instead of ‘Solid State Drive[u<]s[/u<]'. Remember, the product logos should refer to that [u<]one[/u<] unit, not the brand in general. Look at other products from Intel, Nvidia, AMD, or even non-tech stuff and see what I'm talking about. Just seems to me AMD has lost its attention to detail.

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 5 years ago

      Attention to detail probably left sometime in 2008 when Bulldozer was being developed. Downhill from then on pretty much…

        • ronch
        • 5 years ago

        Not to mention their boxes. Product packaging contributes to brand and product perception whether you agree or not, and given how most folks have negative perceptions of their CPUs lately, they need all the help they can get, even if it’s just from a very nice cardboard box that costs $0.50. There’s such a thing called ‘wow factor’.

        Watch some unboxing videos of AMD’s latest chips over at YouTube and see what I mean. Even TechOfTomorrow (that bald guy) was so pissed off at how the FX-9590 he got at the original asking price was so cheaply packaged. How hard can it be for AMD to put a ~$800 CPU in a nicer box? Heck, even the collectible tin boxes the 8-core models came in were shunned in favor of an uber-cheap little cardboard box. Yeah, maybe their rationale was the tin box can only hold a cooler that’s only adequate for 125w models, but hey, the FX-8150 was available for purchase bundled with a water cooler that came in a big box, so why didn’t they just use the same packaging and bundle for the FX-9590? I wanna kick some AMD product planner’s butt.

      • just brew it!
      • 5 years ago

      Clearly, they want you to buy more than one!

    • albundy
    • 5 years ago

    dang, they couldn’t of picked a worse brand to re-brand.

      • Meadows
      • 5 years ago

      “Of picked”? Explain.

        • kuraegomon
        • 5 years ago

        To be fair, the grammar level is entirely consistent with his user name 🙂

        • ronch
        • 5 years ago

        Not everyone here has English as his/her native language. Please be more kind.

          • Firestarter
          • 5 years ago

          No, I’d say mr. albundy here is probably a native speaker, as this kind of mistake is [i<]easier[/i<] to make as a native speaker, as it derives from how the contraction is sometimes spoken rather than what it actually means. People who learn English as a foreign language will most likely learn the written form first (could not have) before trying to apostrophe the hell out of it.

            • superjawes
            • 5 years ago

            Couldn’t’ve…that’s a nasty contraction to write/type.

            • DarkMikaru
            • 5 years ago

            Grammer Nazi’s are taking over! People, who cares. He wasn’t writing a dissertation. He isn’t even getting paid for his comments. Point of a post – did you understand what the member was trying to say? If not, ask nicely for the person to revise their words. If you could understand…. then get over it.

            Jeez, you people remind me of those individuals who can’t enjoy a movie because it isn’t 100% accurate to real life. lol

            • superjawes
            • 5 years ago

            So because you dislike “Grammar Nazis,” you have to suck all the fun out of the situation?

            More to the point, my comment was simply meant to illustrate why one might write “couldn’t of” when “couldn’t have” or “could not have” is correct (and the reason is that saying couldn’t’ve–a contraction of “could not have”–sounds like “couldn’t of”). My comment is more of a commentary on dialect than it is grammatical criticism.

            Also, grammar is important because one’s intent is not always clear. If you are loose with your grammar, you risk being misunderstood, and the whole point of language is to be understood. By correcting the little things, we can communicate more effectively and avoid having to revise and clarify in the future 😉

            By the way:
            [quote=”DarkMikaru”<]Grammer [b<]Nazis[/b<] are taking over! People, who cares[b<]?[/b<] He wasn't writing a dissertation. He isn't even getting paid for his comments. Point of a post[b<]:[/b<] did you understand what the member was trying to say? If not, ask nicely for the person to revise [b<]his or her[/b<] words. If you could understand.... then get over it. Jeez, you people remind me of those individuals who can't enjoy a movie because it isn't 100% accurate to real life. lol[/quote<]

            • DarkMikaru
            • 5 years ago

            I understand what your trying to do, that is your way of helping. What bothers me, which I’ve seen repeatedly on forums is that the actual issue the individual was trying to address ends up being overshadowed by grammatical nazi nonsense. (Sorry if you hate the name, but u know what i mean)

            Think about it. How would you feel if you were trying to make a legitimate argument on some current event, say the Michael Brown shooting. Lets say you’ve illustrated points on why or why not the officer should be charged and your interested in fellow members feedback. And then someone comes along and hijacks your thread because of a typo?

            How would you feel? Frustrated I’m sure. Just saying, I know your trying to help but if anything your killing the experience of a user who wants to participate in the community. Not going to English class.

            • superjawes
            • 5 years ago

            I may be the wrong person (or wrong type of person) to ask, as I would rather say what I mean. I don’t want my points to be lost because I made a writting error.

            And for my perspective, I am a design engineer. What I put on a drawing will end up on the final product, whether it is right, wrong, or even makes sense. Actually, we had parts held up once because we called out more fuse locations than quantity of fuses. Obviously we [i<]wanted[/i<] a fuse in every location, but because we put too few on the BOM, the supplier would not build the part. So that is what I deal with when I don't "say" what I mean, and why I find grammar important. Also for the record, albundy has been around for some time. We aren't exactly bullying out a newcomer, and if someone is writing in a second language, usually there's a clearer indicator, and I rarely see TR regulars harass such a person.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 5 years ago

            [quote=”DarkMikaru”<] I understand what your trying to do, that is your way of helping. [/quote<] "you're" ? 😉

            • DarkMikaru
            • 5 years ago

            Well played sir…well played!! lol Sigh…. you win.. i give… Your Grammarrrr Is Too Strooonnnggg….

            • Meadows
            • 5 years ago

            It is, and you don’t do it. You don’t contract one phrase in two different places.

            • cynan
            • 5 years ago

            I agree with Meadows. The issue in question pertains to the incorrect substitution of “have” for “of” – which, as Firestarter points out, is derived from the verbal contraction of “have” onto the end of “couldn’t”. But then, the concept of verbal vs written contractions just confuses the situation. IMO, contractions only really exist in written language. The pronunciation of “couldn’t have” into “couldnt’ve” (or some such) is more a matter of lazy/slang enunciation that eventually permeates the entire spoken language.

            That said, I make these stupid mistakes all the time and just [b<]love[/b<] when others go out of their way to point it out to pad their own ego 😉

            • superjawes
            • 5 years ago

            [quote<]IMO, contractions only really exist in [u<]written[/u<] language.[/quote<]I believe you meant that contractions exist in [i<]spoken[/i<] language and dialects, and if you did not, I disagree. We only write contractions to represent what is actually said, or what one would say. This is why contractions are not acceptable in any formal writing. But you are correct that the altered (lazy/slang) enunciation of "could not have" is what resulted in "couldn't've" (and eventually, "couldn't of").

            • cynan
            • 5 years ago

            What I was trying to express is that accepted contractions, as with any set of words comprising a language, exist as they are cataloged in writing. The rest is just slang at best or more often lazy enunciation.

            “couldn’t’ve” is not an accepted contraction, while “couldn’t have” is (formal writing aside). “couldn’t of” isn’t a useful contraction at all. It’s gibberish. It’s akin to using a word such as “irregardless”.

            You are correct that contractions come from reflecting spoken short cuts with written language. But you can’t just make them up as you go as this will lead to ambiguity. Someone learning English will be better served learning contractions in their written form, rather than trying to decipher them de novo from speech (to avoid things like “couldn’t of”). There may be a distinction between commonly accepted contractions and attempting to mimic slang spoken speech (but the latter is more an exercise in creative writing).

        • anotherengineer
        • 5 years ago

        [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc[/url<] edit - Meadows did you down-thumb me??? 😀

          • Meadows
          • 5 years ago

          No, but now I did.

    • ronch
    • 5 years ago

    These Radeon-branded SSDs will be a good test for AMD fanboyism. Let’s see if AMD fans will buy OCZ drives after they slap on a fancy Radeon sticker on it and of course, the AMD logo.

    Disclaimer: I’m an AMD fan. Too bad I already got me a Samsung 840 EVO last December… Hmm… who wants to buy it? 😀

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 5 years ago

      I trust the AMD Radeon name more than I trust OCZ.

      Since more than two and a half decades have passed since they stole secret US submarine technology and sold it to the Russians, can we trust Toshiba again? I feel that they’re probably still more trustworthy than the OCZ brand.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 5 years ago

        Russians are probably more trustworthy than Americans at this point, da.

          • Chrispy_
          • 5 years ago

          ….with the exception of Vladimir Putin.

          Nobody outside of his government trusts him, and I suspect many inside his government don’t either. The guy’s a problem.

            • UnfriendlyFire
            • 5 years ago

            Putin’s approval rating is about 80% after he annexed the Crimea:

            [url<]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/26/putins-approval-rating-hits-80-percent/[/url<] And it probably increased with the Ukrainian crisis that's looks like a civil war.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 5 years ago

            Putin’s negative rating across the world (outside of the state media that he controls inside Russia) is staggering.
            Not surprising:
            [url<]http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/07/09/russias-global-image-negative-amid-crisis-in-ukraine/[/url<] [url<]http://www.people-press.org/2014/07/28/far-more-continue-to-view-russia-as-a-serious-problem-than-as-an-adversary/[/url<] Amazing: [url<]http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/24/most-of-the-world-trusts-obama-over-putin-to-do-the-right-thing/[/url<]

            • UnfriendlyFire
            • 5 years ago

            Global approval rating doesn’t matter to him as long as he doesn’t face any risks of getting overthrown by his own citizens.

            Sure North Korea is quite unpopular in the global community… but their citizens (or I should say, slaves) aren’t protesting.

          • superjawes
          • 5 years ago

          Ow! Hey! That’s…a little too true…

      • ptsant
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<] Disclaimer: I'm an AMD fan. Too bad I already got me a Samsung 840 EVO last December... Hmm... who wants to buy it? 😀 [/quote<] The results above seem to indicate that the Radeon SSD has a much more consistent performance than the 840 EVO. I also own a 840 EVO 750GB and I am not unhappy with it (the price I paid was really, really low: ~$300), but I would never consider it "high-end". If we actually want to discuss the product, instead of bashing AMD, the only negative aspect of the drive is the negative reputation of OCZ, mostly from the days of SSD like the Petrol series (!!). I really hope they have changed, otherwise I foresee a Samsung-only future... (Intel is just too expensive).

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