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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

timothy posted about 2 months ago | from the brand-awareness dept.

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MojoKid (1002251) writes AMD is launching a new family of products today, but unless you follow the rumor mill closely, it's probably not something you'd expect. It's not a new CPU, APU, or GPU. Today, AMD is launching its first line of solid state drives (SSDs), targeted squarely at AMD enthusiasts. AMD is calling the new family of drives, the Radeon R7 Series SSD, similar to its popular mid-range line of graphics cards. The new Radeon R7 Series SSDs feature OCZ and Toshiba technology, but with a proprietary firmware geared towards write performance and high endurance. Open up one of AMD's new SSDs and you'll see OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller on board—the same controller used in the OCZ Vector 150, though it is clocked higher in these drives. That controller is paired to A19nm Toshiba MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND flash memory and a DDR3-1333MHz DRAM cache. The 120GB and 240GB drives sport 512MB of cache memory, while the 480GB model will be outfitted with 1GB. Interestingly enough, AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs are some of the all-around, highest-performing SATA SSDs tested to date. IOPS performance is among the best seen in a consumer-class SSD, write throughput and access times are highly-competitive across the board, and the drive offered consistent performance regardless of the data type being transferred. Read performance is also strong, though not quite as stand-out as write performance.

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Misleading Labeling (2, Insightful)

Khyber (864651) | about 2 months ago | (#47702435)

The R7 series originally referred to the GPU. What happens when I order a GPU and they ship me a hard drive instead?

Someone at AMD isn't thinking very hard about this.

Re:Misleading Labeling (1)

Zen-Mind (699854) | about 2 months ago | (#47702655)

It's not the first time they are using the "Radeon" brand for non-GPU hardware; for over a year now they have RAM [anandtech.com] also.

AMD farts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47704085)

AMD farts in your general direction. Again.

Or more like, they hold your nose to a long blast of stench. Again.

FYI, OCZ's warranty: 43TB written to a 480GB drive will render it void. Not even 100 times capacity is its write limit.

Re:Misleading Labeling (3, Funny)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 months ago | (#47702967)

Usually you're buying through a website that has pictures and the word "SSD" next to it, so unless you're mailing them a letter with some cash asking for an R7 I dont think its gonna be that big of a problem. The sorts of people who buy (and know how to install) SSDs and GPUs tend to be the sorts of people who can differentiate the two.

Not that its not dumb, just that its not really a big problem.

You've never ordered from a government contractor (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about 2 months ago | (#47705255)

Govconnection, which is one of our vendors, quite often has no pictures on their products, and minimal descriptions. Ordering the wrong thing because two products had a similar name would be a real possibility.

Re:You've never ordered from a government contract (1)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about 2 months ago | (#47705553)

Which means you could easily wind up with one of these. [thecarstrends.com]

You're working with a brain-dead government vendor, a fact which doesn't surprise me in the least.

Re:You've never ordered from a government contract (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 months ago | (#47714115)

Thats why you have a sales rep...

I've dealt with those sites, the proper solution is to get a quote from the rep so that when the wrong thing was ordered its no longer your problem.

Re:Misleading Labeling (2)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 2 months ago | (#47706675)

The sorts of people who buy (and know how to install) SSDs and GPUs tend to be the sorts of people who can differentiate the two.

Thus proving you really need your calculus to do compsci.

Re:Misleading Labeling (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703239)

If you're dumb enough to accidentally buy an SSD when you really wanted a GPU then you deserve to receive the wrong product.

Re:Misleading Labeling (1)

dimeglio (456244) | about 2 months ago | (#47703243)

I suppose you'd get similar results if you just order Windows without being more specific. The skill lies in checking the right box next to the product you want.

Re:Misleading Labeling (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 2 months ago | (#47706039)

And when that checkbox has nothing but "Radeon R7" in the description?

Not every site accurately labels the products they're selling, usually shortening it to save on ad space on the same page.

Do you know they split a woman alive ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702451)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/18/us-iraq-security-yazidis-idUSKBN0GI1QK20140818

Some Yazidis, like Hassan, 22, a student, shake their heads in disbelief when recalling how only foreign Kurdish fighters from Turkey or Syria extended a lifeline in the face of Islamic State

"They tied the hands of one woman to the back of a car and her legs to another car and they split her into two," he said beside makeshift tents as women cried

Re:Do you know they split a woman alive ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702859)

So how did she split? I'm thinking the shoulder joints would have popped out and she would have been disarmed (sry) rather than split in two. If you wanted to really split someone in two that way, I reckon a tight noose above the hips and another below the shoulders would be needed.

Just sayin'.

Re:Do you know they split a woman alive ? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#47704323)

Look up "drawn and quartered".
Or look up "wishbone".

ssd comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702479)

You'd have some extra cash to blow if you were to buy this over the Sandisk drives released today. SSD to SSD is negligible performance increase. Branding is dumb too. I like the 1 GB DRAM cache.

Marginally better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702491)

This sounds marginally better than Amazon selling phones.

Re:Marginally better (3, Insightful)

Guspaz (556486) | about 2 months ago | (#47702535)

At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.

OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.

Re: Marginally better (5, Informative)

arielCo (995647) | about 2 months ago | (#47702575)

I knew someone would bring up OCZ's reputation. News flash: they've been wholly owned by Toshiba [ocz.com] since January. Why they decided to keep the tarnished brand is a mystery to me.

Re: Marginally better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702671)

That's messed up. It's like Toyota buying up Lada and continuing to make cars with the Lada brand. It'll take years to fix.

Re: Marginally better (4, Interesting)

citizenr (871508) | about 2 months ago | (#47703589)

Yes, im sure Toshiba knows best how good that drive is

this is why they limit warranty to 43TB of written data ... on a 480GB drive. The LOWEST write limit in the industry.

Re: Marginally better (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 2 months ago | (#47706983)

Why would Toshiba having bought OCZ make me any more willing to trust them? I've been burned far worse by Toshiba (whose salespeople lied to me to make a sale and whose support people refused to honour my warranty) than by OCZ.

Re:Marginally better (3, Informative)

rwise2112 (648849) | about 2 months ago | (#47702715)

At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.

OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.

AMD are giving these a 4 yr warranty, which means they must have some faith in them.

Re:Marginally better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703359)

Yet everyone else who has a decent reputation has 5 year warranties on their SSD's.

Sorry 5 years no questions asked replacements or no deal. I am done with shit quality parts with anything less than a 5 year warranty on it.

Re:Marginally better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703993)

Yet everyone else who has a decent reputation has 5 year warranties on their SSD's.

Sorry 5 years no questions asked replacements or no deal. I am done with shit quality parts with anything less than a 5 year warranty on it.

When referring to an inexpensive disposable component here, the difference between a 1-year warranty and a 5-year warranty does not always equate to quality. These days, it's used as more of a marketing tool than anything. They know how valuable it is to advertise their products with a 5-year warranty to appear "decent".

And you Mr. "no deal" Consumer, just proved that. If a 3-year drive with awesome performance and specs was offered from your favorite vendor, it instantly earns the Fuck Off award, regardless of previous reliability or personal history.

Drives are an inexpensive part of owning a computer. Like car tires, you expect to replace them every now and then, and suffer the occasional blowout. Having a recent backup on hand (i.e. a spare tire) is usually FAR more valuable to the user than the cost of ANY hard drive. Because of this, I lean towards price and performance, and plan for imminent failure, regardless of age or warranty. Shit happens. No vendor can guarantee it won't.

Re:Marginally better (1)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | about 2 months ago | (#47705561)

Somewhat inexpensive, but not quite so cheap that losing a SSD to a premature defect wouldn't sting a bit. In my neck of the woods, a 256GB SSD still costs around 150 Euros.

Unlike GP, I might take a chance on a product with less than 5 years of warranty if the vendor has a track record for good quality. OCZ does not, and I doubt if the acquisition by Toshiba has instantly fixed things. Or if Toshiba branded SSDs have not suffered from the bad influence ;-)

So Toshiba would have to offer a good warranty, where others may get a free pass.

Re:Marginally better (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 2 months ago | (#47703603)

Like OCZ which bumped theirs up to 5 years before they imploded? Here's the thing, 2014 was a big year for consoles, both the PS4 and XBone sold many millions of consoles all with AMD semi-custom chips. Yet despite this AMD is barely floating with a small operating income and a tiny loss overall. In 2018, what consoles will be selling? Still the PS4 and XBone but a whole lot less of them.

Two vital quotes from their last earnings call "In the desktop space, demand for our desktop APUs was strong from our OEMs. However, the desktop component channel was softer than we expected." "Inventory was $960 million, up $91 million, primarily driven by increased level of our latest 28-nanometer microprocessor products and lower shipments to channel distributors." Read: APUs go unsold. Either they need to lower production or prices or both.

To be fair, they're hanging on better than I expected but their traditional business still points downwards and breaking new ground is hard. And unless they can turn the trend, it needs to grow a lot and fast to make up for the business that we can see slipping. I wouldn't exactly be sure that AMD will be around to honor that warranty in four years.

Re:Marginally better (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47704283)

OCZ used to give pretty good warranties, too....right up until the moment company collapsed under the weight of all the returns.

Still, AMD are bigger than OCZ and I'm sure that having a shiny new replacement drive every few months will totally compensate you for the loss of data and hassle of rebuilding your system.

Re:Marginally better (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about 2 months ago | (#47702589)

AMD has already sold badge engineered RAM some years ago. Just looked up, they actually still do [radeonmemory.com]

This is something I wanted for a long time (2)

edxwelch (600979) | about 2 months ago | (#47702563)

I'm glad to see AMD is using their development budget wisely and not wasting it on other stuff, like it making their x86 cores competitive versus Intel

Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (1)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about 2 months ago | (#47703413)

I thought AMD chips are competitive in some parts of the market (not top-end, though). The last chip I bought was an AMD A10 - 4 cpu cores and 6 graphic cores on the one die. It saves having to buy a separate graphic card and the graphic cores have full access to the same memory that the CPU cores use which I think is an interesting architecture.

Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#47704369)

I thought AMD chips are competitive in some parts of the market (not top-end, though). The last chip I bought was an AMD A10 - 4 cpu cores and 6 graphic cores on the one die. It saves having to buy a separate graphic card and the graphic cores have full access to the same memory that the CPU cores use which I think is an interesting architecture.

They compete on performance / $.
They win at cores / $.
They lose at performance.
They lose at TDP.

Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (1)

edxwelch (600979) | about 2 months ago | (#47704993)

They don't anymore. Kaveri is about same price as i3 Core/pentium Haswell, but with more power draw and less performance. Where AMD win is the IGP, which always has been better

Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#47706655)

Why are you ignoring the performance piece where AMD wins (anything done on the GPU) and ignoring a major piece of the cost difference (motherboard and chipset cost)?

Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (1)

edxwelch (600979) | about 2 months ago | (#47707643)

CPU performance is worse than Haswell and IGP is better - that's what I said. Motherboards are about the same price

Garbage In, Garbage Out (2)

Jahoda (2715225) | about 2 months ago | (#47702585)

I realize that it is entirely anecdotal, but my miserable early experience with OCZ disks seems to match others, to the point that would never in a million years purchase another OCZ product again. Heck, it seems mighty telling that they're not even considered on the tech report longetivity test:

http://techreport.com/review/2... [techreport.com]

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702613)

I realize that it is entirely anecdotal, but my miserable early experience with OCZ disks seems to match others

Not really anecdotal, that is why OCZ shut down and the brand was sold to Toshiba.
The big question is how much of old OCZ is left in this product.

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 2 months ago | (#47702771)

Given how many of the OCZ problems were put down to shoddy firmware and crap handling of warranties I wonder how much of what made OCZ the crap brand it was is really in this drive. I got burned by them too but there's always hippie once a sensible company takes over.

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 months ago | (#47705715)

I got burned by them too but there's always hippie once a sensible company takes over.

Dude, I think your autocorrect is baked.

That said, knowing AMD, they'd find a way to accidentally combine the worst parts of all of the involved parties' contributions.

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 months ago | (#47703183)

it seems mighty telling that they're not even considered on the tech report longetivity test

It is mighty telling... about the test. It tells me that the test is not a good way to determine the quality of OCZ drives.

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703341)

agreed, i went through 4 RMAs on the same drive in two years. i don't care if they are owned by Toshiba, AMD, or god herself. I will never buy anything branded OCZ. and there are a lot of tech people out there that feel the same way.

Re:Garbage In, Garbage Out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706429)

Very funny timing of this. We literally had one of our OCZ SSDs crap out on us in a spectacular fashion yesterday. So, pass.

Fast, reliable, not expensive = win (3, Informative)

javipas (1086007) | about 2 months ago | (#47702615)

Seems a good bet if you want reliability: in the last paragraph of Guru3D's review [guru3d.com] , they say:

the AMD Radeon R7 SSD series is very fast, has a greatly refined Barefoot controller with accompanying firmware and Toshiba's latest A19nm NAND flash memory. It is a product you'll like and use for a long time. I also dare to state that it is one of the most reliable product on the market anno 2014, combined with the excellent new ShieldPlus warranty this is a pure win in our book, and as such it comes very much recommended by Guru3D.com

Maybe an OCZ with a sticker, but who cares, really? Quality product, good price. Not much to hate here.

Re:Fast, reliable, not expensive = win (2)

citizenr (871508) | about 2 months ago | (#47703607)

Seems a good bet if you want reliability

good bet if you want reliability limited to 43TB of writes. Or did you miss that small print in the warranty?

Re:Fast, reliable, not expensive = win (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#47704393)

Seems a good bet if you want reliability

good bet if you want reliability limited to 43TB of writes. Or did you miss that small print in the warranty?

No one will read the warranty.
When they send it in they'll be denied with an explanation of "You wrote too much to this drive, see? This hidden, unreliable, untrustworthy counter in the firmware says so.".

This is going to backfire horribly (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47702635)

This is going to backfire horribly. First, it should never have gotten a Radeon name, let alone Radeon R7, which is a (damn good) GPU product line. Second, they partnered with the worst, shittiest name-brand SSD vendor. Of course there are much worse SSDs, but those are all generic crap. OCZ is known to take short-cuts in the name of speed, and screw it up when it comes to reliability.

nVidia tried something like this once, anyone remember their chipsets? It was *UTTER CRAP* full of errata, and with support so bad the kernel guys went nearly insane trying to suport it and add workarounds for the worst chipset bugs. nVidia sourced the crappiest "IP" they could to put inside the chipset (so no, it was not their own design, just a mash-up of bought designs from others), and it didn't end up well.

Whomever came up with this idea inside AMD needs to be outed, he is certainly going to get (directly or indirectly) a very major compensation package from Intel soon... for destroying one of AMD's most valuable product brand names.

Re:This is going to backfire horribly (2)

storkus (179708) | about 2 months ago | (#47702927)

Dammit, you said it first:

1. Radeon R7, now for SSDs? How confusing and utterly stupid. The geniuses couldn't be bothered to come up with a new name?

2. OCZ and their reputation. AMD and their reputation. Whatever reviewers may say, those in the know will stay away, and if these drives crap out as well, OCZ will now stain AMD as well (not that they needed any more of that).

[digression]Otherwise, the Nvidia bit...can't really comment as my last laptop was running an Nvidia IGP (GForce7000 + nForce 610m--probably the last thing Nvidia made without some form of hardware decoding for video), and ran just fine with AHCI sata, forcedeth networking, and nvidia pata (for the CD). The graphics were finally supported by Nouveau around 3.10, but stopped working with 3.14 (I'm strongly suspecting this is actually a KMS issue as I'm having the exact same trouble with a Intel IGP laptop).[/digression]

Anyway, this really does make me wonder even more than I already was if AMD is being prepped for a fire sale to some company, and if so, who's pulling the strings? It can't be Intel or Nvidia, I doubt it would be ARM themselves, so who does that leave that could use an alternative x86/x64 IP, possibly being combined with ARM IP, and the only graphics that can hope to stand up to Nvidia?

Re:This is going to backfire horribly (1)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | about 2 months ago | (#47705731)

1. Agreed, that sounds stupid.

2. AMD has a somewhat tarnished reputation for the performance of their FX CPU line. So far, NOT over lack of reliability. I hope they won't acquire that now...

[digression]From Nvidia, the only really bad thing I remember is that their mobile Geforce 8xxx had a reputation for dieing early. The 8600 GT in particular.
They are known for not caring about Open Source, and that is why I would currently prefer an AMD GPU (even if the GeForce 750 Ti looks really nice in terms of performance/watt).
But I'm probably in the minority there, and Nvidia's binary drivers have a good reputation and fairly long support time frames, longer than binary AMD drivers anyway.

For a real mess, consider this: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTMyODA [phoronix.com] (status of Intel Poulsbo on Linux ;-)

IIRC... (1)

Junta (36770) | about 2 months ago | (#47702961)

nVidia actually did sell it pretty well though. It wasn't in any way a better experience, but the brand name did actually carry the product as I recall.

It was one of the reasons that the relationship between Intel and nVidia went so far south, Intel made it impossible to have third party chipsets and nVidia lost some revenue opportunity. People rightly critical of the technical aspects were not the downfall of the product line, Intel locking down their platform was.

In short, this stuff *could* in theory fly. In practice, I don't think AMD has the brand strength. People still seem to look to nVidia as 'the go-to' brand more often than AMD in the PC component world.

Re:This is going to backfire horribly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703643)

nVidia tried something like this once, anyone remember their chipsets? It was *UTTER CRAP* full of errata, and with support so bad the kernel guys went nearly insane trying to suport it and add workarounds for the worst chipset bugs.

Yet they were still MUCH MUCH better than the VIA equivalents of the time!

yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47703045)

The shittiest reviewed ssd manufacturer on newegg (OCZ) teams up with the most over heating CPU, shittiest ass video driver company (AMD)! I can't wait to buy that piece of shit!

Hahahhahaha, NO thanks. (3, Insightful)

dnaumov (453672) | about 2 months ago | (#47703431)

Considering how a lot of problems with SSDs are generally related to various obscure firmware bugs and considering just how horrible ATI/AMD is at writing software for their hardware, I would run for my fucking life.

Re:Hahahhahaha, NO thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47704017)

THIS. Long-time ATI/Radeon guy here who earlier this year had enough with their crappy driver/software support and ditched the Radeons for a nice NVIDIA card. My system has never been more stable!

lets talk about endurance (2)

citizenr (871508) | about 2 months ago | (#47703571)

> firmware geared towards write performance and high endurance

because stock firmware was geared towards slowness and losing data ...

>480GB
>Endurance Rated for 30GB/day host writes for 4 years under typical client workloads

for math challenged: this is 43TB of written data, after that your guarantee is VOID and NULL

43TB on a 480TB drive, this is more than a joke, this is spitting in your face. This comes from Toshiba - manufacturer of both controller and flash memory, party that is best informed about REAL endurance capabilities of that combo.

In case you are wondering - Samsung doesnt impose any write limitations on their 3 year guarantee for 840 EVO drives. Both drives look pretty much the same in tests.

Re:lets talk about endurance (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | about 2 months ago | (#47703943)

What do you imagine the pricing is like on a 480TB SSD?

43TB of writes on a 0.48TB drive isn't great but it's better than on a 480TB.

Re:lets talk about endurance (2)

Your.Master (1088569) | about 2 months ago | (#47704289)

They are targetting gamers, not servers. Do gamers really use 30GB/day? Other than maybe the first day, when installing Steam and a bunch of content on a brand-new system.

http://images.anandtech.com/do... [anandtech.com]

I didn't find very good stats on average daily pagefile / hiberfile use for gamers.

Re:lets talk about endurance (1)

citizenr (871508) | about 2 months ago | (#47710179)

who cares what they are targeting when they are delivering inferior product to industry standard (Samsung)

Re:lets talk about endurance (1)

SillyHamster (538384) | about 2 months ago | (#47706235)

for math challenged: this is 43TB of written data, after that your guarantee is VOID and NULL

...

In case you are wondering - Samsung doesnt impose any write limitations on their 3 year guarantee for 840 EVO drives. Both drives look pretty much the same in tests.

Where are you getting this "guarantee VOID and NULL" from? The warranty is "4 years". There is nothing in the AMD press release about the limitations of their warranty.

I looked up OCZ and Samsung's SSD warranties, and did see a blurb about "normal wear and tear" for OCZ's warranty. But even though AMD is using OCZ components, they are not limited to OCZ's warranties.

I will also submit that averaging 30GB/day of writes on an SSD for 4 years straight is not "normal wear and tear".

Low write endurance? (4, Insightful)

anethema (99553) | about 2 months ago | (#47704057)

Their claim is they are focusing on reliability and write endurance but it looks like they have some of the lowest endurance in the industry.

Even the drive it is supposed to be a bit of a clone from is rated much higher.

AMD R7: 4GB for 4 years = 43TB (Odd that they don't say this is dependent on drive size, which it would be.
OCZ Vector 150: 50GB for 5 years = 91 TB (Also not scaled for drive size)
Samsung 840: 1000 cycles. In their smallest drive this would be around 120 TB. Samsung is using lower endurance TLC here so this is even more odd.
Intel 730: 70TB over their 5 year warranty is 127 TB Highest of them all for MLC.

Now in real life, the AMD and OCZ drives may go much further before they fail, but you have to go off of their ratings for comparisons or all hell breaks loose (Tests have shown the Samsung drives lasting over 3000 cycles before beginning to reallocate sectors). Especially for the larger drives (A 240GB drive should have double the write endurance of a 120GB drive).

So yeah I find it odd that endurance is one of their talking points when they have by far the lowest endurance of any of the common drives out there, including the supposedly very similar Vector 150.

Re: Low write endurance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708713)

4GB For 4 years? What are you referring to?

The posts above used 30GB/day.

In case people wonder why this stuff comes into play, is for market/feature differentiation for the enterprise line.

Something has to limit companies using consumer ssd's in heavy usage from eating their profits and killing their enterprise drive line with high margins.

I consider myself a power user, but I donâ(TM)t come anywhere close to 30GB/day of writes on my desktop machine. Neither would 99% of consumers.

Re: Low write endurance? (1)

anethema (99553) | about 2 months ago | (#47709123)

Sorry wrote it wrong but had it right in my calcs. I meant 30gb/day for 4 years.

It is 30 GB / day for 4 years which works out to 43 TB. Hopefully that makes it a bit more clear.

The point isn't that you may or may not use that much, its that their talking point is high endurance, and it actually has very low endurance compared to other consumer SSD lines.

This is good news.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47704265)

It's a well known fact that most people spend all day long writing to their disks. The average write-to-read ratio is easily 1000 to 1, even for people who only browse Facebook and play twitter.

I'm glad somebody is finally taking the bull by the horns and addressing this important performance bottleneck. Benchmark scores and bragging rights are far more important to me than still having my data intact a couple of years from now.

Sorry, guys (3, Insightful)

fnj (64210) | about 2 months ago | (#47704665)

Somebody has to say it. Anybody who would so much as touch with a 10 foot pole any SSD contaminated with the OCZ brand needs to have his head examined. Please, don't anybody claim they don't know the sad infamous history of OCZ SSDs.

OCZ drives? Toshi(t)ba customer hostility? NOPE! (2)

Chas (5144) | about 2 months ago | (#47705537)

Sorry, but no way in hell.

OCZ crashed and burned its goodwill in the industry for a reason.
Toshiba, one of the most customer-hostile electronics companies I've ever come across bought them.

Sure, Toshiba COULD have improved the OCZ line drastically. At this point, it's a Zenith-type brand label and nothing more.
And if it means having to deal with those noxious pricks at Toshiba? NO FUCKING WAY IN HELL!

I'd rather buy something like a 1TB Samsung 850 Pro and film myself:
Running software to burn it over it's write limits till it dies.
Repeatedly throw it on the ground from the top of a 10 story building.
Run over it with a forklift a couple times.
Douse it in lighter fluid and light it up.
Wipe my ass with the remains.
Emasculate myself with an ice cream scooper.

Then try to the drive, the video and the schlong into Samsung demanding warranty service.
I'd have better luck with everything working out okay than I would for even a minor problem with Toshiba.

OCZ? No thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47705865)

The couple of times my desktop failed were both due to OCZ hardware.

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