SK Hynix might dethrone Western Digital with this SSD

SK Hynix just announced the release of a brand new PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD that should prove to be one of the best SSDs in terms of input/output operations per second (IOPS).

The SSD is set to become possibly one of the fastest such drives on the market and is already available on Amazon. However, as is the case with many other SSDs, not every variant of the SK Hynix Platinum 41 will offer such top speeds.

The new SK Hynix Platinum 41, at its best, comes with sequential speeds up to 7000MB and capacities up to 2TB. However, it really shines where IOPS is concerned as it is rated for 1.4 million random read IOPS and 1.3 million random write IOPS. While these numbers don’t make it the fastest SSD in 2022, it certainly has a chance to climb the ranks and reach the top among brands such as Kingston and Western Digital.

SK Hynix is ​​also breaking new ground with this SSD thanks to its 176-layer NAND flash – it’s the first consumer-based drive to use this kind of technology, and it delivers a massive upgrade, one step above 128-layer NAND. This equates to a 20% increase in read cell speed and 1.6GT/s bandwidth between the NAND flash and the SSD controller.

This kind of performance jump can definitely be felt by the end users in day to day performance. Whether gaming or various other workloads, the benefit of increasing random read and write speeds can be significant. The data on an SSD’s NAND flash is rarely neatly organized, meaning the drive must not only transfer data, but locate it first. Increasing the random read and write speeds should combat this problem to some extent, resulting in faster performance.

As mentioned above, the SK Hynix Platinum 41 is already available on Amazon in three capacities: 500GB for $105, 1TB for $150, and 2TB for $260. All models have a maximum read speed of 7000 Mbps, which is the maximum capacity PCIe Gen 4 can offer, but write speeds vary by capacity: the better the model, the faster the write speeds.

SK Hynix hasn’t released the exact random read and write speeds for each individual model, but it seems safe to assume the same logic will apply here, with the more expensive versions getting the best speeds.

The cheapest 500 GB model has a write speed of only 4,700 Mbps. Both the 1TB and 2TB variants can go up to 6,500Mbps. SSD life is also shortened or improved on a capacity basis, with the 500GB version at 500TBW, the 1TB version at 750TBW, and finally 1200TBW for the 2TB model.

This SK Hynix Platinum 41 SSD was first spotted by Tom’s Hardware. Until it’s benchmarked thoroughly it’s hard to know how high it will rank among the best SSDs, but on paper it sounds like it will be one of the better options available in the DIY market.

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