SK Hynix announces it will enter the consumer SSD market with the Gold S31, a new 2.5" SATA 6Gbps disk that is sold exclusively on Amazon U.S. this year. The specifications of the disk aren't really special but it's interesting to see the NAND maker entering the SSD market directly. The disk features unspecified SK Hynix 3D NAND flash memory in combination with an in-house SSD controller.
Pricing is $49.99 for the 250GB model, $77.99 for the 500GB disk and $123.99 for the 1TB edition. The firm is also working on a PCI Express variant and promises its consumer SSDs will soon be more widely available.
SK hynix Inc. (or 'the Company,' www.skhynix.com) (KRX: 000660) 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."