AMD Plans To Sell "Radeon SSDs" To Gamers

Information leaked from a Chinese AMD educational website was spotted by KitGuru.com, revealing that the company plans to release Radeon-branded R7 SSDs (solid-state drives) for gamers and professionals later this year.

Based on Toshiba's 19-nanometer flash lithography technology, AMD's SSDs will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The drives will have a top performance speed of 550MB/s and a life expectancy of 4 years.

The news was confirmed by AMD who promised to make an official announcement in the next few months.

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4 years?

excuse me? since when did SSD's have a life span? i still have a thumbdrive that i used religiously for almost a decade, that to this day still runs fine, and yes i used it day in and day out because i used to run software off of it. at least i did until it got run over by a semi, after which i soldered the connector back on and pulled my uncorrupted data from it. what the hell are they talking about lifespans? seriously. also, someone mentioned that HDD's only have a lifespan of 5 years? that they start failing after 3? maybe the new crap, but all my older drives are still working just fine, with no data loss at all after 9 years. this lifespan BS is just another ploy for the companies to make more money off the people that are willing to believe whatever drivel they put out there. . . please get your heads otu of your backsides. that goes for the types that think they absolutely need the newest hardware to play the newest games . . .again my system is entirely 9 years old, havent replaced a single thing in it, though ive added drives to it, and yet im able to play all the newest games out there . . . so anyone that talks about solid state lifespans is about as useful as the pc tech thats trying to get you to buy the newest stuff, or the tech that convinces you that he needs to continue to maintain your system . .. its all BS period

SSDs have a maximum number of

SSDs have a maximum number of Reads and Writes per data block.... as the drive wears out, it writes off blocks that go bad and the drive starts getting smaller and smaller.... Eventually it becomes unusable. We thought it'd be a great idea to run a database server with SSDs and it was great, but because of how MYSQL operates, it ate through the SSDs in less than 6 months.... the more you write and overwrite on the the drive the faster you wear it out.

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Not sure what you are mad at, everything is designed to fail, From cars, to components. It is how companies make their money. If a company designed 1 product that lasted until the end of time, that company would be bankrupt pretty quick. Supply and demand. If it has a lifespan of 4 years, it better come with a good warrenty. Only hardware with good warrenty is RAM, which comes with lifetime warrenty, but they dont have any moving parts like HDD's its mechanical wear and tear. I do agree though that an SSD should have a predicted life span of more than 4 years if it has no moving. Especially for how expensive they will be. But thats life.

Pretty sure you just defeated

Pretty sure you just defeated your own argument. You said "everything is designed to fail" and if they make products that last forever they would go under. Yet right after you talk about RAM with lifetime warranties. They make a product that can last forever yet they are still around because as tech moves forward people need/want more powerful stuff. The same could apply to SSD. I bought a 128 gig drive almost 2 years ago and I want another bigger one already. but I plan to still use the one I got, probably will move it into my laptop when I get a new SSD. My point being, if I find out that its going to fail in the next 2 years I probably will say screw it. I don't want to risk losing my data. Anonymous is right to be pissed at that statement. Its nothing but fear selling. I have an 80 gig HD that still works fine and I remember paying over $200 for it back in the day. Designing a drive to fail in 4 years will bite them in the ass. If another part like Ram,CPU, video card went on my system it would just be a matter of replacing the part and dealing with some downtime. but if I lose all my data between my bi weekly backups b/c my SSD was designed to fail I would never buy a thing from AMD ever again! now if they are guaranteeing that it wont fail for 4 years, then that is a different matter all together!

What a screw driver

That is going to be lots of money for that size and speed for a 4year ssd. I am not looking forward to waking up and finding out that my ssd is broken. I will throw the whole fucking thing out the window computer and all.

While it would be nice to

While it would be nice to have a 480GB SSD I would hate to loose that much data when it dies in only four years. I have a HDD in my pc still from 2001 and it works great. SSD needs to become more long term before widespread adoption takes place in consumer markets and not just the hardcore gamer market.

Platter-based hard drives

Platter-based hard drives have a lifetime of only 5 years, but the high mechanical failure potential means that they will start dying after only 3 if it's a good drive. It's not the storage medium that's the issue, if you're only keeping one copy of your data, with no backups (off-site or on-site) then it's your data storage practices that are losing your data, not the drive. SSD's also have the benefit of dying immediately rather than deteriorating invisibly over time - which means all backups are reliable, useable and uncorrupted. Source: the SAN we run for clients is base entirely on SSD's (because of the speed benefit) and tape backups and it's far more reliable than any magnetic platter based setup we've ever used.

my youngest platter based

my youngest platter based hard drives are 4 years old and running strong, I have a an old 1TB hard drive from about 6-7 years ago thats working just fine. I take it you work for WD don't you? most hard drives can last far longer than 5 years with no issue. and last time I checked a hard drive dieing out of the blue with no warning is far worse than one dieing slowly giving you time to switch it out incase you don't have thousands of dollards to back regular ssd's along with back up ssd's

Slow death = corrupt data =

Slow death = corrupt data = time taken to find uncorrupted backup = lost business. I'm sorry but in no world is a slow hard drive death better than an instant fail. And as I said, they only appear to be working fine - that's the problem with platter based drives, they appear to be working fine right until you suffer major data loss and have to spend days or weeks finding a new-enough backup that isn't littered with corrupt data. No data on any of those drives are reliable anymore and I would urge you to replace them ASAP--unfortunately, it's too late for you data.

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and that's why i only load my OS and the games i play daily on my SSD. All the crap programs go on it by default, but nothing of value ever goes on it. I always have a HDD backup for important stuff. Photos, videos, backed up movies and what not. I also transfer everything to a new drive every 5 years. I still have all my older backup drives and they work fine. SSD are nice..but NEVER have just that as your drive.

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