Monday, May 9th 2022

ASUS is Getting Ready to Launch its First Internal SSD

With Gigabyte and more recently MSI offering internal consumer SSDs, it now looks like ASUS is getting ready to join the fray. There's no shortage of companies that are selling SSDs and most are based on very similar hardware and firmware, so the question is what ASUS is going to bring to the market to differentiate itself from the competition. The company hasn't provided any real details at this point in time, beyond a picture posted on its Taiwanese Facebook page.

The picture doesn't give away a ton of details, but what's clear is that ASUS aims to use its ROG gaming brand for the first product that ends up under the Strix sub-brand. The first drive will be called SQ7 and it's a standard M.2 PCIe 4.0 drive that not unsurprisingly uses four PCIe lanes and will come in at least a 1 TB size. It's possible that ASUS will launch its new SSD either during its "Boundless" event on the 17th of May, or during Computex, which kicks off on the 24th of May.

Update: Based on the sharp-eyed observations of our Editor-In-Chief, its highly likely that the ASUS ROG Strix SSD will be based on Phison's E18 controller, paired with Micron's 176-layer NAND, using Phison's reference PCB design. This means that ASUS would go straight after other high-performance drives, like the Kingston KC3000, Corsair MP600 Pro LPX and MSI's Spatium M480. Keep in mind that not all early product shots are of the actual product though, so we're just going to have to wait and see what ASUS brings to the table.
Sources: ASUS Taiwan Facebook, via VideoCardz
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45 Comments on ASUS is Getting Ready to Launch its First Internal SSD

#1
Object55
Oh c'mon, just when I get 2 980 pro for my ROG build they launch this.
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#3
TheLostSwede
Object55Oh c'mon, just when I get 2 980 pro for my ROG build they launch this.
It could be Q for QLC...
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#4
Turmania
Now only thing that is left is memory and theen you can buy all components of your pc from asus bar cpu of course.
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#8
X71200
ARFIt's very possible that tom's hardware review numbers are misleading or well paid by the advertising companies.
Except they're not, though lol. You can check other reviews, it's a top notch controller and flash. It went on sale for like $170 for 2 TB.
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#9
Tigger
I'm the only one
ARFIt's very possible that tom's hardware review numbers are misleading or well paid by the advertising companies.
Here are my SN850's, pretty good.
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#11
X71200
The 980 Pro actually gets higher 32QD and 4k, the 32QD is often times much higher in my findings down AS SSD, and the 4k can reach upwards closer to 100. Not saying buy it, but the speeds that matter are a bit above there.

Besides the Inland blows both of them out of the water for what it's worth. If you can find that, buy that one instead. I believe the SN850 is an older build.
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#12
Rhein7
...somehow this thread turning into ssd's benchmark o_O
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#13
X71200
Well, PCMark is not a good metric anyway. It's a cheap test I wouldn't base my opinions on. :D

But yeah, the Plextor is likely a solid drive.
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#14
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
TiggerI have 2 :p

I don't really see what Asus could do to make it specialer, apart from a Rog sticker that you can't see.
Its an inflated price like their PSUs inspite being based on SeaSonic ,Still better warranty on SeaSonic branded unit and you pay less for it, at least at MicroCenter
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#15
Bomby569
Asus rog ultimate super ssd, probably with insane rgb for more speed. they just rebrand it and upsell it.

if this doesn't have some kind of rgb i will be truly disapointed
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#16
Tigger
I'm the only one
It might well have a RGB heatsink with it.
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#17
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
TiggerIt might well have a RGB heatsink with it.
Which in turn increases thermals, yes LEDs get Hot, I know this from Crucial Ballistix Tracers.
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#18
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeso the question is what ASUS is going to bring to the market to differentiate itself from the competition.
They'll try to market hopes and dreams, hoping that average joe mechanic doesnt know any better.
eidairaman1Which in turn increases thermals, yes LEDs get Hot, I know this from Crucial Ballistix Tracers.
True, but it will run 50% faster with RGB. :p:D
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#19
Tigger
I'm the only one
I am just using the MB heatsinks for all three of my onboard SSD's and i don't think i have had any problems.

I just can't see apart from a RGB heatsink what Asus can do, unless they use some new/er chipset of mem chips for their SSD's.
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#20
kapone32
The only thing that Asus us banking on is that the ROG logo sells these. As far as best SSD The Seagate 530 is my choice.
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#21
DeathtoGnomes
kapone32The only thing that Asus us banking on is that the ROG logo sells these.
Exactly what I said! :D :p
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#22
progste
feel like every brand is coming up with their own ssd line
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#23
X71200
progstefeel like every brand is coming up with their own ssd line
Not just SSDs either, every brand is coming up with most things nowadays, lol.
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#24
Xex360
We need more reasonable SSDs, we have this stupid situation where buying 2 1tb SSDs is cheaper than one 2tb ssd.
Technology wise we are still stuck, why don't we see more optane like SSDs.
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#25
X71200
Optane was obviously a dead end for the end consumer when prices increased. They shut down the factory and it's only being done for enterprise. The 3D X-Point was very snappy at 4k, but ultimately the price and low per GB knocked it down.

I get your point, though. It's slowly moving in terms of 4k speeds. Consumer SSDs, that are.
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