SK Hynix Gold P31 review: “Very likely all the SSD you actually need”

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SK Hynix Gold P31 review: “Very likely all the SSD you actually need”

A great value PCIe 3.0 SSD based on TLC rather than cheaper QLC memory.

The new SK Hynix Gold P31, reviewed here in 1TB spec, bucks the trend by not conforming to the latest, fastest, and funkiest solid-state drives that use quad-lane PCI Express 4.0 connections – all 8GB/s of them. This is an M.2 SSD that sticks with the older PCIe 3.0 interface, which is precisely half as fast. In other words, this is a more mainstream, affordable contender for best SSD for gaming. And that might be just what you need.

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Thing is, raw storage bandwidth isn’t always a major limitation to performance. Not if the context is the best gaming PC or the best gaming laptop. For sure, you want plenty of bandwidth, but diminishing returns do kick in. While this drive isn’t up there with the very fastest in terms of peak throughput, that doesn’t necessarily impact real-world performance including game level load times.

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