Asus is ready to enter the high-performance SSD market

Asus is ready to launch a high-performance SSD according to a teaser the company posted on its website. Taiwan Facebook page. The unit hasn’t officially launched yet, but with Asus poised to maintain its ROG ‘Boundless’ Event on the 17th of May, together with reduced computeWe will certainly have more details on this unit soon.

According to the lonely image, (via Tom’s Hardware) ROG Strix SQ7 is a standard 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD. It comes with an aluminum or maybe graphene cooling strip. This would suit users who plan to use it under a motherboard heatsink. There’s no indication whether there will be a heatsink-equipped version, though a PS5-compatible version is certainly likely.

An Asus ROG-branded unit is not unexpected. It is currently relatively easy for a manufacturer to release a unit with off-the-shelf components. Competitors, including MSI and Gigabyte, have their own Phison E18 drives that offer read and write speeds of 7GB/s and more. They compete very well with fully in-house designed units from Samsung and Western Digital.

The high-performance SSD market is quite saturated. SSDs aren’t exactly commodity items, but these days there’s not much to choose between when you go beyond aesthetics and price. Asus will benefit from its well-known brand, but it won’t be able to charge much premium price if it’s going to compete with established storage manufacturers, including the ones mentioned above, but also companies like Kingston and Seagate.

The move to produce SSDs means that Asus makes everything a gamer needs for a complete system, in addition to CPUs and memory. Asus peripherals, monitors, cases and power supplies are all available, along with Asus’ more traditional motherboards and graphics cards.

Asus has some experience with memory, including helping G.Skill design their dual DIMM modules in 2018. Is it just a matter of time before Asus develops its own RAM? I can imagine your internal overclockers having a lot of fun pushing DDR5 speeds well above 10000MHz.

The SQ7 SSD in the photo has a capacity of 1TB. That means it won’t cost as much. There’s no information on availability, launch of other capabilities or exact pricing, but we can expect to hear more at the Boundless event next week.

If you don’t want to wait for Asus SSDs, check out our Best SSD gaming guide. Faster storage with greater capacity is always welcome.

Leave a Comment