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For years, I’ve stuck to a specific brand when looking for hard drives to supplement my offline storage options. I like to make sure that I’m getting a quality product and with so many knock-off brands online, I really try to stick with ones I know like Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate. That said, sometimes it pays to go with a brand that you are less familiar with. SK Hynix is a manufacturer out of South Korea that has had a relatively small footprint in the hard drive market. Some of the memory in Apple computers is supplied by Hynix and so when I was approached to review the Gold S31 SSD from SK Hynix, I took a chance.
DETAILS & FEATURES
The SK Hynix Gold S31 SSD puts “superior performance at the core of your PC upgrade.” It provides read speeds up to 560 Mb/s and
- Ideal for: Gamers/Creators
- Capacity: 1TB/500GB/250GB
- Interface: SATA III 6Gb/s
- Form Factor: 2.5-inch
- Sequential Read Speed: Up to 560 Mb/s
- Sequential Write Speed: Up to 525 Mb/s
- TBW (Terabytes Written) Up to 600TBW (1TB)
- Controller: SK Hynix Controller
- Item Dimensions: 3.94 x 2.75 x 0.28 inches
- Weight: 2.15 ounces
The S31 SSD comes in a rather striking black box with the SK Hynix branding printed on the front. The SSD comes packaged in an anti-static bag and is easily installed into an existing computer or hard drive enclosure that is compatible with SATA III. The case of the SSD is impressive. When I first took a look at it I actually thought that it could potentially stand
The first application I used to test the S31 was Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test. This measured the read/write speed of a targeted disk. In this
SK Hynix has a really nice product with the S31 Gold SSD. It’s providing solid performance and the results I got from my individual testing was completely in line with the specs for the SSD. With a lower-end price point ($119 at the time of writing this article), I think it’s a clear candidate for someone looking to boost their performance with an SSD.