Asus is about to enter the high-performance SSD market
Asus is set to release a high-performance SSD according to a teaser the company posted on its Taiwanese Facebook page. The disc hasn’t officially launched yet, but with Asus set to hold its ROG “Boundless” event on May 17, as well as a reduced Computex, we’ll surely have more details on this disc soon.
According to the photo alone, (via Tom’s gear) ROG Strix SQ7 is a standard form factor NVMe 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD. It comes with an aluminum or possibly graphene cooling strip. This would suit users who plan to use it under a motherboard heatsink. There’s no indication if there will be a heatsink-equipped version, though a PS5-compatible version is surely likely.
An Asus ROG branded player is not unexpected. These days, it’s relatively easy for a manufacturer to release a drive with ready-to-use components. Competitors including MSI and Gigabyte have their own Phison E18 drives that offer read and write speeds of 7GB/s or more. These compete very well with the entirely in-house designed drives from Samsung and Western Digital.
The market for high-performance SSDs is rather saturated. SSDs aren’t exactly commodities, but these days there’s not much to choose between them once you go beyond aesthetics and price. Asus will benefit from its well-known brand, but it won’t be able to charge much premium if it wants to compete with established storage manufacturers, including those mentioned above, but also companies like Kingston and Seagate.
The decision to produce SSDs means that Asus manufactures everything a gamer needs for a complete system except for processors and memory. Asus peripherals, monitors, enclosures and power supplies are all available, as well as more traditional Asus motherboards and graphics cards.
Asus has some memory experience, including helping G.Skill design its dual-DIMM modules in 2018. Is it only a matter of time before Asus develops its own RAM? I can imagine that its internal overclockers are having a lot of fun pushing DDR5 speeds over 10,000MHz.
The SQ7 SSD pictured has a capacity of 1TB. That means it won’t cost that much. There’s no word on availability, the release of other abilities, or exact pricing, but we can expect to hear more at the Boundless event next week.
If you don’t want to wait for SSDs from Asus, check out our guide to the best gaming SSDs. Faster storage with larger capacity is always welcome.