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SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs

SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs (Source: SK Hynix)
SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs (Source: SK Hynix)
The Gold S31 utilizes all in-house components from its built-in DRAM, firmware, and NAND Flash to be a "full" SK Hynix product. Although exclusive to the U.S. for now, additional M.2 PCIe models are expected to arrive for both North America and Europe sometime next year.

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.


SK Hynix

Seoul, August 15, 2019 – SK hynix Inc. (or ‘the Company,’

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

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 for more details.

All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of SK hynix.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-15 (Update: 2019-10-31)