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SK hynix's Gold P31 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD with 128-layer NAND is now available to buy

SK hynix Gold P31
SK hynix Gold P31 (Image credit: SK hynix)

What you need to know

  • The SK hynix Gold P31 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD is now available to buy in 500GB and 1TB sizes.
  • This is the world's first 128-layer NAND flash-based PCIe NVMe SSD available on the consumer market.
  • The Gold P31 is meant for gamers, creators, and designers, bringing blazing read and write speeds as well as long-lasting durability and a five-year warranty.

Announced at CES 2020, the Gold P31 M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) from SK hynix is now available to buy in 500GB and 1TB sizes. The 1TB drive costs about $135 (opens in new tab), while the 500GB drive costs about $75 (opens in new tab).

FormM.2 2280
NAND128-layer 4D NAND
ControllerSK hynix Cepheus
InterfaceM.2 PCIe (3.0) NVMe
Sequential read3,500 MB/s
Sequential write1TB: 3,200 MB/s
500GB: 3,100 MB/s
Power consumptionActive: 6.3W
Idle: <50mW
Durability (1TB)750 TBW
Warranty5 years

SK hynix first stepped into the consumer SSD market in 2019 with its Gold S31 2.5-inch SATA SSD (opens in new tab), a durable SSD with strong performance and a competitive price. Now, the Gold P31 aims to fill the needs of gamers, creators, and designers who require a high-performance, reliable, and competitively priced M.2 SSD that works with the PCIe (3.0) NVMe interface. It also happens to be the first 128-layer NAND flash-based SSD available on the consumer market, allowing for modest power consumption and strong performance.

The 500GB and 1TB options are expected to hit 3,500 MB/s sequential read speeds, while the 500GB model should hit 3,100 MB/s and the 1TB model 3,200 MB/s write speeds. The 1TB model also comes with a 750 TBW rating, which means you should be able to write up to 750 terabytes of data before seeing a failure. All SSDs come with a strong five-year warranty to help protect your purchase.

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1 Comment
  • Being that this is M.2, that means it would work in a SPX or SL3? I’m asking because the image is of an SSD that wouldn’t fit, but I wasn’t sure if that was just a stock image. NM: This is a 2280