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ASRock's new Ultra Quad M.2 card: 4 x NVMe SSDs in PCIe x16

ASRock's new PCIe card houses not 1, 2, or even 3 x NVMe M.2 SSDs... but 4 of them
By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage News | Posted: Jan 11, 2018 6:38 am

CES 2018 - ASRock was teasing their new Ultra Quad M.2 Card at CES 2018, with their new card capable of housing 4 x NMVe M.2 SSDs, cooled by a 50mm centrifugal fan.

 

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The company is comparing it against the ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 card, with ASRock's new card featuring a bigger fan, and 6-pin PCIe power connector. ASRock also mounts the M.2 SSDs angled from the bottom, which also looks awesome, now we just need RGBs.

 

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ASRock says that the angled placement of the M.2 sockets is better, as it minimizes the trace distance from the M.2 slots to the PCIe slot.

 

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You can't just throw the ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card into any system, as it has no PCIe switch on-board, so you'll need to own a motherboard with PCIe bifurcation support. High-end chipsets have this, with ASRock pointing in the direction of Intel's latest X299 chipset, as well as AMD's new X399 chipset.

 

As for the price, we should expect somewhere in the $70 range when it launches later this year - minus the super-fast, expensive M.2 SSDs, of course.

NEWS SOURCES:Techpowerup.com

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