SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs
SK Hynix is no stranger to SSDs or RAM. Its components are frequently found on the laptops we review from inexpensive models all the way up to enthusiast systems. Today, the South Korean company has announced a new affordable 2.5-inch SATA III SSD called the Gold S31 bound for North America.
According to the manufacturer, the Gold S31 will offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 560 MB/s and 525 MB/s, respectively, which are close to the transfer rate limits of the SATA III interface.
SK Hynix says its new SSD will launch exclusively on Amazon U.S. in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB capacities later this year with a TBD starting price and a base warranty of 5 years. The Gold S31 series will eventually make its way to Europe as an M.2 PCIe form factor by 2020.
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Seoul, August 15, 2019 – SK hynix Inc. (or ‘the Company,’ www.skhynix.com)
announced today the launch of its “Gold S31” solid-state drive (SSD). Gold S31 (SATA III
– first generation) is the first of the Company’s new SuperCore series of consumer SSDs,
an internal drive lineup based on SK hynix’s core technology.
With its speed and reliability, SK hynix’s Gold S31 will be a perfect choice for all PC
users, particularly for gamers, designers, and content creators. Gold S31 pushes the limits
on high-performance SSDs, providing users the next level of speed with sequential read
speeds up to 560MB/s, as well as superior quality, reliability, and five-year warranty.
The 2.5-inch drive supports the SATA III interface based on 3D NAND Flash technology,
and is now available in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities on Amazon U.S.
All key components in Gold S31, from NAND Flash and built-in controller to DRAM and
firmware, were designed and produced by SK hynix. The in-house components are built
for robust performance and reliability.
Gold S31 will be offered exclusively on Amazon U.S. this year, but is expected to expand
to other North American and European markets starting next year, when a PCIe version of
the SSD can also be expected.
“SK hynix has been supplying global PC OEMs with high-quality, competitive SSDs since
2013, leveraging its proven quality and reliability as the world’s leading memory
provider,” said Kook Won, Head of Global Sales & Marketing Strategy of SK hynix. “The
launch of Gold S31 with Amazon U.S. will be a meaningful opportunity to expand the
experience of SK hynix’s SSDs to consumers.”
About SK hynix Inc.
SK hynix Inc., headquartered in Korea, is the world’s top tier semiconductor supplier offering
Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (“DRAM”), Flash memory chips ("NAND Flash") and
CMOS Image Sensors ("CIS") for a wide range of distinguished customers globally. The company
is listed on the Korea Exchange, ranking the second largest in market capitalization as of August 1,
2019, with revenue of KRW 40.45 trillion won in 2018 and a 23% share in the global memory
market**. The Global Depository shares are listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange. Further
information about SK hynix is available at www.skhynix.com.
Product Specifications: Gold S31*
Interface SATA III
Product Type Internal SSD
Form Factor Standard 2.5”
SSD capacity 1TB/500GB/250GB
NAND Flash 3D NAND Flash
Controller SK hynix Controller
Sequential Read up to 560MB/s
Sequential Write up to 525MB/s
Warranty 5 years
* Performance may vary based on system hardware, operating system, SSD capacity, individual usage pattern
and other system variables.
** Source – IHS Markit, Technology Group, DRAM Intelligence Service – 2019 and NAND
Intelligence Service – 2019, July 2019. Market share in terms of revenue for combined DRAM and
NAND memory. Results are not an endorsement of SK Hynix. Any reliance on these results is at
the third party’s own risk. Visit technology.ihs.com for more details.
All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of SK hynix.