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SK hynix SC311 512GB SSD Review

                      
The SC311 comes in a good quality box with a large image of the drive on the front. The rear of the box has an expansive multilingual section detailing that the warranty information is in the box.

Our drive came in an early version of the retail box so didn’t have the warranty information inside.

 

  

Built on a standard 2.5in, 7mm format, the SC311uses a metal enclosure with red plastic corners.

The reason for the red corners becomes apparent once the clips that hold the enclosure together are released. They are part of an inner plastic cage that supports the PCB. The half size PCB doesn’t come anywhere close to filling the enclosure.

 


All the drives components are in-house SK hynix parts and are built on one side of the PCB. The 512GB drive uses four 1024Gb 3D TLC NAND packages (labelled H27Q1T8PPM8A). To the left of the NAND is the SK hynix SH87820BB 8-channel controller with the single LPDDR2 cache chip sitting above it.

          

         

SK hynix’s SSD management software is called Drive Manager Easy Kit. With it you can monitor the life of the drive, its temperature, check the SMART details and diagnose any problems with the drive. It also allows the drive’s firmware to be updated and to be securely erased or sanitised.

The one thing that is missing from the package is a cloning tool but never fear, one is available as a separate download. However, it would be nice to see it included in the Drive Manager software as a feature.

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