ASUS final month teased the discharge of its very first strong state drive (SSD), the ROG Strix SQ7 in 1TB type, however on the time it stopped in need of providing up any detailed specs and/or velocity claims. Fast ahead a number of weeks and ASUS has now revealed some juicy particulars on what it guarantees will ship “epic data speeds” to avid gamers and fanatics alike.
Let’s begin with the controller {hardware}. This is arguably a very powerful element on an SSD, or on the very least it’s equal in significance to that of the NAND flash reminiscence chips. When teased in early May, it was speculated the ROG Strix SQ1 would make use of Phison’s PS5018-E18 controller (PCIe Gen 4×4), and a brand new product itemizing on ASUS’s web site confirms this to be the case.
ASUS is pairing the E18 controller with 3D triple-level cell (TLC) reminiscence. We nonetheless do not have clarification on exactly which of them, although hypothesis stays that it is utilizing 176-layer NAND from Micron.. It additionally options an allotment of DDR4 cache for buffering chores.
Of course, what you are actually are the velocity claims. According to ASUS, the 1TB ROG Strix SQ7 gives as much as 7,000MB/s of sequential learn efficiency and as much as 6,000MB/s of sequential write efficiency.
Those would put it among the many higher echelon of PCIe 4 fashions, although not fairly on the of the pack—a spattering of PCIe 4 SSDs in the marketplace boast speeds topping 7GB/s by a number of hundred megabytes per second, corresponding to Corsair’s MP600 Pro XT. Nevertheless, ASUS is definitely dropping the hammer for its first ever SSD.
“The Strix SQ7 is compliant with numerous hardware encryption standards, including the TCG Opal specification, IEEE 1667 protocol, and AES 256-bit disk and data encryption. These hardware-based solutions ensure fast, efficient and superior security without affecting CPU performance,” ASUS says.
Finally, ASUS has confirmed that the ROG Strix SQ1 is appropriate with the PlayStation 5, for console homeowners who need to improve their PS5 with a quick SSD. All that’s left now’s for ASUS to announce pricing and a launch date.