Want to add multiple drives SSD New M.2 system to your system at the same time? This is the product for you
Among the range of interesting products of ASRock for the coming year, the Ultra Quad M.2, which is the most advanced solution for integrating large numbers of drives SSD, In any RAID array or not, in one system.
The application is based on an expansion card in the PCI-Express 3.0 × 16 interface that is designed to receive four M.2 drives of your choice, with a maximum length of up to 110 millimeters. The Ultra Quad M.2 not only allows each drive to enjoy a suitable full theoretical bandwidth of PCI-Express 3.0 × 4 (motherboards and chipsets that support it), but also provides a solution Cooling Relatively effective with a metal casing and internal thermal contact surfaces for the drives, combined with a 50mm fan that will be responsible for cooling the entire array and ensuring performance as close as possible to the maximum point over time.
It is worth noting that not all modern chipsets on the market are capable of dividing a single physical PCI-Express artery into several different sources, as required to enter more than one drive to be connected to Ultra Quad M.2 in this case - which explains why ASRock declares in advance On offer for the high-end systems, which are based on the Intel X299 chipset or the X399 Threadripper processor kit AMD. The Ultra Quad may work well on some other chip-based motherboards, but no one seems interested in taking responsibility for it.
The card has the option to adjust the rotation speed of the built-in fan to the built-in sensor temperature in the product, and also includes an 6PIN power connection to ensure that the drives receive all the energy they need, with a total of 150 of power from the PCIe connector itself and the direct connection from the power supply in the system.
The Ultra Quad M.2 will compete directly The square expansion card is similar Launched last year and expected to carry a recommended price tag of about $ 70, not including the storage drives themselves required to be purchased and installed separately. Is this the ultimate solution for those who have too few M.2 slots on the motherboard (or not at all) but are planning an upgrade storage A large? In the coming months we will find out.