In 2011 AMD took the first step in expanding the Radeon brand and partnered with Patriot and VisionTek to provide AMD branded memory. With the launch of the Radeon R7 SSD AMD is continuing this strategy by jumping into the SSD market. Just as they did with memory, AMD is partnering with a third party that handles the development, manufacturing and support of the product, which in the case of the R7 SSD is OCZ. Based on OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller, the R7 is positioned between the Vector 150 and ARC 100 with its four-year warranty and 30GB/day endurance. Read on to see what AMD's first SSD adds to the market.

OCZ's Octane SSD: Indilinx Everest, Up to 1TB in a Consumer Drive

In March, OCZ signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx, the SSD controller company that pretty much dominated the value segment in 2009 before Intel got aggressive on pricing...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/20/2011

SandForce Identifies Firmware Bug Causing BSOD Issue, Fix Available Today

After months of end user complaints, SandForce has finally duplicated, verified and provided a fix for the infamous BSOD/disconnect issue that affected SF-2200 based SSDs. The root cause is...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/17/2011

The Intel SSD 710 (200GB) Review

When Intel entered the SSD market one of its declared goals was to bring the technology into the mainstream. The goal was so important to Intel that its consumer...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/30/2011

OCZ Z-Drive R4 CM88 (1.6TB PCIe SSD) Review

In our last SandForce SSD roundup I talked about how undesirable the consumer SSD market is, at least for those companies who don't produce their own controllers and/or NAND...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/27/2011

Early Benchmarks and Teardown of LaCie Little Big Disk

LaCie released its first Thunderbolt-equipped storage solution called Little Big Disk (LBD) last week, and some people have already received their units. A user ender21 over at MacRumors Forums...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2011

The Samsung SSD 830 Review

Samsung is a dangerous competitor in the SSD space. Not only does it make its own controller, DRAM and NAND, but it also has an incredible track record in...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2011

OCZ Releases Synapse SSD for Caching

OCZ has released a new series of SSDs called Synapse Cache today. This announcement is a bit different from normal SSD announcements since OCZ will be bundling Dataplex caching...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 9/21/2011

LaCie Brings (more) Affordable Thunderbolt Storage to Macs with Little Big Disk, Available in Retail

At IDF I met with LaCie and got a quick demo of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. The heavy metal chassis is home to two 2.5" drive...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2011

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Chassis at IDF

I met with LaCie this morning to talk about its upcoming Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. Unlike the Promise Pegasus R4/R6, the Little Big Disk only accommodates two...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Officially Announces SSD 710 Series for the Enterprise

Intel just announced its latest SSD: the enterprise focused Intel SSD 710 series. The specs don't deviate very far from what we published a couple of months ago. The...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Tons of Thunderbolt Peripherals at IDF

We've been asking for more Thunderbolt devices and it looks like we're seeing the first examples of that today at IDF. Check out the gallery below for a bunch...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

OCZ Reveals 7.5mm 2.5" SSDs

OCZ just issued a press release revealing that LG is using OCZ's brand new 7.5mm 2.5" SSD in their P220 laptop. Note that regular 2.5" drives have height of...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/13/2011

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB Review

While we await more Thunderbolt storage devices, Western Digital grabbed headlines not too long ago for the announcement of its 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Mac-ready external drive...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

Seagate's GoFlex Desk 4TB External HDD Review

I'm off to IDF this week while Ryan and Brian cover Microsoft's BUILD conference, so expect lots of CPU and Windows 8 news in the coming days. Just before...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

Hitachi Ships First 3.5" HDD With 1TB Platters

Without increasing rotational speed the only hope for improving mechanical hard drive performance is through greater platter densities. There are other benefits realized through increasing platter density: larger capacities...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

Seagate Ships World's First 4TB External HDD

Just over a year ago Seagate introduced the world’s first 3TB hard drive. Although it shipped in an enclosure for external use, the Seagate GoFlex Desk was available with...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

File Server Builder's Guide

The proliferation of mobile devices, multi-computer homes, broadband internet access, inexpensive mass storage, and the replacement of many other home electronics by the PC (such as media devices like...

151 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/4/2011

OWC Releases Mac-Compatible SSD Firmware Updater

One thing that SandForce based SSDs have lacked since their introduction has been a Mac supported firmware updater. Updating the firmware has required Windows installation, which is something that...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2011

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