At Tom's Hardware, we test a lot of very fast SSDs so it takes a lot to blow us away. However, SK hynix's P41 Platinum really raised the bar not just for us but for the industry. In our tests, the 2TB capacity of the drive handily beat high-end competitors such as the WD Black SN850, Samsung 980 PRO and Kingston KC3000, to become the fastest consumer drive we've tested yet.
For Prime Day, Amazon has the SK hynix P41 platinum for all-time low prices of just $207 for the 2TB (opens in new tab)capacity or $119 for the 1TB model (opens in new tab). These drives are rated for 7,000 MBps sequential reads and 6,500 MBps sequential writes with up to 1.4 million random read IOPS or 1.3 million random write IOPS.
UPDATE (7/13): The deal on the 2TB model is over, but you can still snag the 1TB capacity for $119.
SK hynix P41 Platinum PCIe 4.0 SSD (1TB): was $149, now $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The top choice on our best SSDs list promises 7,000 / 6,500 MBps sequential reads and writes with 1.4 and 1.3 million random IOPs.
In our SK hynix P41 Platinum review, we show that the drive reached a new high in 3DMark's SSD test, which measures gaming storage performance. Its mark of 4,643 was 8 percent better than the nearest competitor, Kingston's KC3000. These sorts of results allowed the P41 to top our list of the best SSDs right now.
SK hynix's drive fairs so well because it pairs the company's new Aries controller with 176-layer TLC flash. The Aries controller allows for up to 33 percent faster bus speeds and double the number of channels on the company's prior-gen Cepheus controller. The drive also features a speedy LPDDR4 cache.
The SK hynix P41 Platinum is not just fast, but likely to endure for quite a long time. The 1TB model is rated for 750TBW (terabytes written) while the 2TB capacity goes up to 1200TBW.