One of Amazon's deals of the day (opens in new tab) is the SK Hynix internal solid state drive in both the 500GB and 1TB versions. You can save $12 on the 500GB drive (opens in new tab) that's going for $45.59 or get the 1TB drive (opens in new tab) for $83.19, which is about $22 off its regular price. Both deals are good, but the prices will only last through the end of the day. We have seen these drives featured on Amazon before, but even in those previous "Deals of the Day" the prices didn't drop this low. This is the lowest price for both drives and a great deal if you need an SSD right away.
SK Hynix Gold S31 500GB and 1TB internal solid state drive (opens in new tab)
Has sequential read and write speeds up to 560 MB/s and 525 MB/s. Uses in-house 3D NAND, controller, and DRAM. Has superior reliability and stability with 1.5 million hours MTBF and 600 terabytes written. Five-year warranty.
Never heard of SK Hynix? That's ok. You're probably using their stuff right now and don't know it because SK Hynix is one of the world's largest producers of semiconducters and memory. It's just most of what they make goes into your phone or MacBook and you never see the name. The Gold S31 SSD is one of their first consumer level products, and these SSDs are really good. Read the Windows Central review where the SSDs earned 4.5 stars and a Recommended badge.
The Gold S31 SSDs are normal SATA drives, so you won't get the same speed of an NVMe M.2 SSD, but then again if you're looking at these you're probably not looking to spend the kind of money you need for an NVMe M.2 drive. As it is, the speed isn't so bad. You'll get sequential read speeds up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 525 MB/s.
SK Hynix can make a really reliable SSD because they can use their own 3D NAND and controller to develop it. The SSD is rated for up to 1.5 million hours MTBF (which is Mean Time Between Failures and 1.5 million is a crazy high number) and 600 terabytes written. The SSDs are also backed up by a five-year warranty.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
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