It seems that ASUS is preparing to launch its brand new PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs for the high-end gaming segment. The company teased one such solution on its Republic of Gamers page and shows a relatively high design.
ASUS enters PCIe NVMe SSD segment: teases High-End PCIe Gen 4.0 ROG STRIX SQ7 Drive
Almost every major vendor currently offers its own PCIe SSD range with value-oriented options and high-end options. ASUS ‘main competitors, Gigabyte and MSI, have been offering their solutions for some time. MSI, as a newer entry into the segment, has its own SPATIUM series, while Gigabyte offers its SSDs under the AORUS brand. Based on marketing, ASUS is likely to use its ROG STRIX brand for new PCIe NVMe SSDs.
In fact, marketing for SSDs gives us a lot of details that we can expect from the upcoming line. For starters, the series will be labeled as ROG STRIX SQ7 and there appear to be levels ranging from SQ7, SQ5 and SQ3. The drive shown comes in standard M.2 2280 format. It is PCIe Gen 4×4 compliant, and the copper film or label, as you might call it, has a capacity rating of 1 TB. It is not known if this is the maximum capacity that will be offered on this variant, but competitors offer models with much higher capacity than this one.
Another thing that ASUS would keep in mind is that their competitors already offer their SSD solutions compatible with the Sony PlayStation 5. Such compatibility will meet with a positive response from the very beginning. Also, competitors offer their solutions with a refrigerator solution. Therefore, ASUS seems to be waiting for the first answer and reviews for this PC SSD before finally offering more top-notch solutions. In addition, we must also keep in mind that the PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD market is very saturated in almost all categories so ASUS will have to be pretty good in the pricing department if it wants to face its brand new solution.
There is currently no word on when ASUS plans to launch its ROG STRIX Gen 4 NVMe SSDs, but it may point to the upcoming ‘BUNDLESS’ event scheduled for May 17 (9pm TPE). This sounds like a pre-Computex event planned by ASUS and we can expect SSDs and many more products to be announced there.