What to look forward to: Asus makes a huge amount of PC hardware, from monitors and laptops to graphics cards and motherboards, but SSDs have been one of the few gaps in its lineup. However, according to the company’s Facebook page, this will change very soon.
On Saturday, Asus used the Republic of Gamers brand Facebook page to tease his first SSD: ROG Strix SQ7. From a spec standpoint, there wasn’t much to see other than a 1TB M.2-2280 drive with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. We don’t know if that 1TB is the maximum storage out of several drives on offer, or if the Strix SQ7 will only have that single option.
There’s also an SSD render that shows a graphene or possibly aluminum heatsink in addition to the ROG colors and logo. It’s unclear if there will be a version with a built-in heatsink or what kind of PS5 compatibility to expect, but given that competitors have gone down that path with their SSD lines, expect Asus to follow suit.
Asus is entering a competitive and saturated market with the PCIe 4.0 SSD, so a drive must offer compelling features if it’s to stand out from the crowd. However, the ROG brand is popular with gamers and hardware enthusiasts, so this should work in Asus’ favor.
Nothing is known about the price or availability of the Strix SQ7 SSD either. Asus says the drive is coming soon, so don’t be surprised if it’s officially announced and unveiled during ROG’s “Boundless” event before Computex on May 17th.
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