Ever since I made the switch to SSD a few years ago, I’ve never looked back to old, spinny HDD ones as there’s no way I could use one again. The speed and reliability is just too awesome to pass up, and anytime I can get my hands on another SSD to upgrade my PC even further, I go for it. So when the Korean-based company SK Hynix reached out about their SK Hynix Gold S31 1TB SSD, I couldn’t pass it up.
Despite being a brand I (and many of you, I’m sure) may not be familiar with, I’m happy to report this is an inexpensive, yet surprisingly great option for those looking to transition from HDD to SSD, or for those looking for their next PC storage upgrade.
Whether you’re a gamer or use your PC for business, this 2.5-inch drive has you and your data covered as it supports SATA III and uses custom made 3D NAND Flash technology from SK Hynix that grants read speeds up to 560MB/s, and write speeds up to 525MB/s. This means you’ll have access to programs so much quicker and speedy boot-up times, especially if you’re upgrading from a traditional HDD.
I put this SSD to the test with games such as World of Warcraft as well as a host of other miscellaneous games and emulators, and they boot up and run just as fast as they do on my Samsung EVO 1TB SSD I purchased for myself last year. Having such speedy write/rewrite speeds is essential for huge, sprawling games that constantly stream from the hard drive, and this drive is certainly up to the task.
If you’re like me and have done your homework about SSDs, you’ll know that all of them can only write and rewrite so many times before they stop working correctly. Well you’ll be happy to know that the Gold S31 can last up to 600 TBW (terabytes written), meaning if you downloaded hundreds of gigabytes of data to this drive everyday (which is incredibly easy to do in today’s giga-hungry world), it would still last for five or more years. Speaking of five years, SK Hynix is so confident in this drive, they’re backing it with a five year warranty and support just in case anything should happen.
If you’re looking to upgrade from an old HDD or smaller SSD, the SK Hynix Gold S31 1TB SSD is the one to get. It’s exclusively selling on Amazon in the U.S. this year, but the company will branch out to other retailers next year while also working on a PCIe version of this (aka the stick of gum sized SSDs). With super fast speeds, great reliability, and a sweet five-year support package, and you can’t go wrong with this one.