What you need to know
- SK hynix unveiled two new M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs aimed at the consumer market.
- The Platinum P31 is a flagship SSD with 2TB storage size and blazing read and write speeds.
- The Gold P31, available in 500GB or 1TB sizes, is the more mainstream option with similar performance.
SK hynix recently moved into the consumer storage space with the 2.5-inch Gold S31 SATA solid-state drive (SSD), bringing excellent performance at a competitive price. Announced at CES 2020, SK hynix now also has to offer two new M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs featuring its proprietary Quartz controller.
|Platinum P31: 2TB
Gold P31:500GB, 1TB
|PCIe NVMe Gen 3
|Up to 3,500MB/s
|Up to 3,200MB/s
|Platinum P31: 1,500TBW
Gold P31: 750TBW
Both the mainstream Gold P31 and high-end Platinum P31 SSDs include 128-layer NAND flash and HYPERWRITE technology that boosts write speeds thanks to single-level cell (SLC) buffering. Whether you go with the Gold or Platinum version, a five-year warranty is included.
The Platinum P31, the flagship M.2 2280 SSD, comes in a 2TB size and can hit up to 3,500MB/s sequential read and 3,200MB/s sequential write speeds. It also offers a 1,500 Terabytes Written (TBW) rating, which means you should be able to write a whopping 1,500TB to the drive before it fails. In its class, that should beat out anything else available.
The Gold P31, which should prove to be the more common M.2 (2280) option, is available in 500GB and 1TB sizes. It's expected to hit the same sequential read and write speeds as the Platinum P31, but it has a 750TBW rating.
There's not yet any word on availability or pricing.
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