Last month, ASUS released a preview of the ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD on its social media accounts, following Gigabyte and MSI, and entering the PC consumer SSD market. At that time, ASUS
did not announce too much information, only that this product supports PCIe 4.0 x4 lanes and M.2 2280 specifications.
Recently, ASUS updated
the official information and finally announced the specific specifications of the ROG Strix SQ7 Gen4 SSD. ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD uses Phison’s PS5018-E18 controller manufactured by 12nm process, equipped with DDR4 cache, and supports SLC Cache and LDPC technology to achieve more stable data transmission and longer service life. This SSD also supports TCG Opal specification, IEEE 1667 standard protocol and AES 256-bit disk and data encryption, which can improve the data security of SSD. ASUS also provides NTI Backup Now EZ software and ROG SSD Dashboard software to provide complete data protection for SSD and allow users to manage SSD easily.
The ROG Strix SQ7 Gen4 SSD achieves sequential read and sequential write speeds of 7000 MB/s and 6000 MB/s, respectively, but there is no mention of IOPS. In addition, ASUS has not confirmed the flash memory chip used in the ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD, which is speculated to be Micron’s 176-layer TLC flash memory. The ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD currently only provides 1TB capacity with a five-year warranty. ASUS also confirmed that the ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD is not only suitable for PCs, but also compatible with PlayStation 5.
For some, only 1TB capacity seems a bit insufficient, perhaps ASUS will provide a larger capacity version later. It is not yet clear when the ROG STRIX SQ7 NVMe SSD will be available and the price, but judging from ASUS’s promotion, it should not wait too long.