AMD wants to reach everywhere when the user buys a complete PC with its brand as a flag. They were only missing, apart from the RAM, storage systems. Well, they have arrived:
OCZ is the specialist that accompanies AMD in this adventure and both have used the Vertex 460, one of their most powerful discs, as base to start adding the newest generation memories and the adequate adjustments to get a performance superior to this model, which is one of the most powerful discs of the market, with a higher durability and a first class warranty.
The objective is that Gamers that search for high performance units, with a superior durability and the support of two brands that are both a reference on the gaming market. However one thing is the intention and another is the result, so we shouldn’t sell our skin before finishing this analysis.
Less than a week ago OCZ presented to us its first product with Toshiba’s newest generation 19nm memories, which are different from last generation in that they have a letter “A”before the manufacturer’s process number. Toshiba’s A19nm memories have a revised and adjusted manufacturing process that produce higher quality memories than last generation ‘s older models.
One of the main differences between this model compared to the Vertex 460 is precisely these new generation memories. Another one of these changes are found in its controller: Barefoot 3 M00 that has been optimized to be able to work at higher frequencies and as a results, achieves superior bandwidths to those on the Vertex 460.
If we had to position this disk against its brothers and rivals, we could place it without a doubt just below the highest range model in 2.5”, OCZ’s Vector 150, and thus, competing against other advanced models like the Plextor M5-M6, Samsung Evo and Pro, etc.
We will be able to find the SSD R7 in three capacities with backup space for increasing the disk’s real durability. This means that available options are of 120, 240 and 480 GB without formatting. Toshiba’s NAND Flash memories are configured in multiple layers, without specifying how many, to reduce costs, as most competitive disks do.
The three discs have similar specifications but, as it is logical, the model with less capacity is also the one that offers less performance.240 and 480 models also differ a little but not by much. They have both consumptions of 0.6w on standby and of 2.7w when charged, so they are average compared to the disks we currently find in the market. This consumption doesn’t mean higher autonomy than a mechanic disk, since the newest generation ones have similar consumptions.
What an SSD disk will offer however is a markedly superior performance in every circumstance and the tranquility that we do not have a mechanic part sensible to impact, vibrations and that, undoubtedly, will wear out, which would cause noise and a decrease in performance.
Format, durability and software
The SSD R7 has a chassis and a look similar to the Vertex 460. It is a well worked design with a magnificent look although I still find it a bit heavy. The ARC 100 model that we tried last week had a revised model, but nothing too important. The truth is that OCZ disks give an excellent sensation in your hand, but as I said before, its 140gr are a bit heavy for me. What AMD has customized is the color of the melted aluminum chassis, coloring it black, which differentiates it from the rest of OCZ offer and gives it a “more aggressive” look.
The format is that of a 2.5” with a SATA 6gbps interface (compatible with previous generations) and a 7mm height that is now the standard default for SSD units of this size.
The SSD R7 has a higher durability, mostly achieved thanks to this new memory generation that give life also to other “professional” high-durability disks. The only other OCZ disk with more durability id the Vector 150. The SSD R7 surpasses even the newly presented ARC 100 with 2.3 million hours of average life expectancy, against the 2 million offered by the ARC 100. This is translated to a very consistent and easy to understand number: its extraordinary 4 year warranty againt 3 years offered usually by similar models, both from OCZ as from other brands. Only OCZ’s Vector 150 offers 5 years of warranty and we have to go to professional models to find and even longer support.
The SSD R7 reaches daily recording cycles of up to 30GB thanks to its ECC control unit that allows correction and verification of up to 5% of all the information that passes through the controller.
This disk has also allowed us to activate type AES-256 hardware encryption so we can have secure and protected data without performance losses. AMD and OCZ wrap up the equipment of this unit with and adapter for 3.5” docks and also the cloning software Acronis so that it is easier to create a copy of our system introducing this new unit without having to re-install our operating system.
We have passed our usual tests and have compared this unit against all the history of disks that we have analyzed these last few months, that are now in the dozens. The results confirmed more or less AMD’s published specifications for this unit so we may stay calm on this matter.
Atto Diskbenchmark 2.46
AS SSD Benchmark
Crystal diskmark 4k QD32 Reading
Crystal DiskMark 4k QD32 Writing
IOMeter 2010 QD32. Test sustained 6 hours.
Of the results, the long duration held performance tests are outstanding. OCZ’s controller is a specialist in this and produces some of the best disks that we can find in the market.
A well known but renovated disk that gives homogeneity to a complete platform. That is what AMD searches with its collaboration with OCZ for the launching of their first storage units to the market. We can by the processor, the motherboard, the graphic cards, the RAM memories and now also the SSD disks supported by the brand AMD. It is not a break-through product certainly, but it is a product that bets a lot on user’s support with a not-often-seen on the SSD market warranty: the “ShieldPlus” that OCZ has used with the ARC 100 and that will also cover the users of AMD’s SSD R7. This warranty will guarantee us a direct contact with the support and the advance change if the substitution of the unit is necessary. This warranty also covers the total four years of warrant of each unit.