Model: SK hynix Gold P31 2TB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: SK hynix
Provided By: SK hynix
As one of the biggest names in the semiconductor market, SK hynix doesn't need much of an introduction. Founded in 1983 as Hyundai Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd., the company quickly made its mark by producing Korea’s first 16Kb SRAM. Since then, SK hynix has continued to lead the industry with smaller, faster and lower power semiconductors. Today, they are the world's second-largest memory chipmaker as well as the third-largest semiconductor company. Their memory, NAND flash and CMOS image sensors are found in products from some of the biggest names in the computer industry including Apple, ASUS, Dell and HP.
With its background in NAND flash, it should come as no surprise that SK hynix is a major player in the SSD industry. In addition to supplying client and enterprise drives to PC OEMs, the company has begun a push into the U.S. retail market. Building on the success of its Gold S31 SATA SSD, SK hynix recently launched its first consumer-facing PCIe SSD, the Gold P31. Aimed at gamers, designers and content creators, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by SK hynix's own "Cepheus" controller and is available with up to 2TB of their 128-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The Gold P31 also features the company's HYPERWRITE technology, which accelerates sequential write speeds, and is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface.
The Gold P31 is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, SK hynix sent us the 2TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 3,500 MB/s sequential read and 3,200 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 570,000 random read and 600,000 random write IOPS.
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Gold P31 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at SK hynix's new PCIe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the Gold P31 have what it takes? Can it deliver the value and performance we've come to expect from SK hynix? Keep reading as we find out.