ASUS recently teased its new NVMe SSD, the SQ7 which is expected to be announced at the upcoming ASUS ‘Boundless’ event on May 17th, 2022. With Computex 2022 only 3 weeks to go, it’s quite a surprise that ASUS wanted to announce the SQ7 earlier.
While I must say that ASUS is a bit late to the SSD game as compared to its competitors like Gigabyte and MSI, the addition of the SQ7 to the ROG Strix product lineup gives the fans a new option when it comes to the choice of SSD for their build. Hardcore ASUS ROG fans who want to get everything ROG in their system, this probably going to be a ‘must-have’ item when it’s finally available on the market.
Not many details on the exact specifications are available at the moment but from the teaser, we can see that the ROG STRIX SQ7 will come with a 1TB capacity, M.2 2280 form factor, and PCIe 4.0 support. We can also see that the ROG STRIX SQ7 appears to be equipped with a thin layer of Aluminum Graphene heat spreader, similar to the ones that can be found on newer PCIe 4.0 SSD nowadays. Of course, do take this piece of information with a grain of salt.
Update – 12/05/2022
Earlier today, Phison has somehow confirmed that the ASUS ROG Strix SQ7 will be using their E18 controller and the 176-layer NAND flash from Micron. The post has been removed at some point but we can assume that ASUS is going directly against the high-performance PCIe 4.0 SSDs like the Kingston KC3000, Corsair MP600 Pro LPX, and MSI Spatium M480 with sequential read and write speed at 7,000 MB/s.
(Source: ASUS ROG Taiwan, Phison Facebook Page)