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ASRock unleashes its Hyper Quad M.2 PCIe 4.0 expansion card

4 x PCIe 4.0-based SSDs would be a drool-worthy storage beast

By: Anthony Garreffa from 1 week ago

If you want some of the most insane storage you can cram into a PC, then you will want to check out ASRock's new Hyper Quad M.2 PCIe 4.0 Expansion Card.

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ASRock's new Hyper Quad M.2 PCIe 4.0 Expansion Card if you couldn't already tell from its name, can handle 4 x NVMe M.2 SSDs and cram them into a single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. It supports M Key type 2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 PCI Express modules.

The 4 x onboard M.2 sockets are on a 45-degree angle inside of the card, a move by ASRock to keep the traces as short as possible -- meaning that the M.2 sockets have enough current, something that is imperative for the speeds that PCIe 4.0 SSDs can reach in the multiple GB/sec range.

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It has Bootable M.2 RAID support, where you can have up to 4 x PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSDs on the AMD TR40/X399 platforms, as well as Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) technology on Intel's competing X299 platform (Intel SSDs are the only ones that support VROC).

There is also a cooling fan to keep those ridiculously fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs nice and cool, with a 5cm fan keeping temps as low as possible. The fan in question is adjustable, with ASRock including a switch on teh PCB or you can use the included software to do it from Windows.

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If you're like me, you're a speed freak -- so ASRock includes support for having multiple Hyper Quad M.2 PCIe 4.0 Expansion Cards in the single system. Imagine that!

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