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World’s First Graphics Card Featuring M.2 Slot Innovation

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The world’s first graphics card featuring a dedicated M.2 NVMe (nonvolatile memory express) drive slot, meticulously designed to optimise thermal performance.

In a groundbreaking announcement, ASUS introduced the world’s first graphics card featuring an M.2 slot – the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Solid State Drive(SSD). This e innovation allows for a seamless cooling upgrade while accommodating high-performance NVMe drives, marking a significant advancement in graphics card technology. Under the hood, it boasts all the features in its counterpart, the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB. Equipped with third-generation RT Cores and fourth-generation Tensor Cores, this graphics card now incorporates DLSS 3.5 and frame-generation technologies. These enhancements result in unparalleled realism in real-time ray tracing experiences, pushing the boundaries of visual excellence in modern gaming.

The key specifications include:

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  • CUDA Cores: 4352
  • Engine Clock OC mode: 2595 MHz 
  • Default mode: 2565 MHz
  • Memory Interface: 128-bit
  • Memory Speed: 18 Gbps
  • Card Dimensions: 227.2 x 123.24 x 53 mm
  • Packaging Dimensions: 368 x 220.5 x 68 mm

Encased in a sleek 2.5-slot design, this graphics card requires a single 8-pin peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) power connector, making it versatile and suitable for integrating into nearly any existing PC build. The company continues to redefine the standards of gaming performance and innovation with the SSD, offering gamers an unparalleled experience in both cooling capabilities and visual quality. It is concealed within a unique cutout on the card’s rear. Featuring compatibility with M.2 2280-sized NVMe drives, it is the first consumer graphics card to provide an onboard SSD slot. When an M.2 drive is attached to the SSD, it can potentially supplant the motherboard’s existing M.2 slot for the CPU. This shift offers compelling reasons to opt for a GPU-mounted M.2 solution.

Compact cooling performance

It is a GPU compliant with PCIe 4.0, it’s worth noting that if both the motherboard and the NVMe drive within a user’s system support PCIe 5.0, the drive will operate at the full speed of PCIe 5.0. In light of this, the company strongly recommends installing the SSD in the primary PCIe slot on the motherboard to establish direct communication with the CPU. This strategic placement ensures no adverse impact on graphics performance during gameplay and no read/write speed penalties for storage, making this card a straightforward solution for individuals seeking high-speed, long-term storage in their gaming rigs. The SSD boasts the advantage of dual Axial-tech fans, which not only keep the graphics card cool during gaming but also effectively reduce the operational temperatures of the M.2 drive. This sets it apart from traditional motherboard M.2 slots.

Moreover, it includes a pre-mounted thermal pad within the M.2 slot, facilitating a direct connection between installed M.2 drives and the graphics card’s substantial cooling capacity. Through the company’s testing, it has been revealed that attaching M.2 drives to the SSD results in temperatures up to 40% lower than those observed with standard motherboard-mounted M.2 slots. This translates into extended sustained read/write performance and ensures long-term stability well into the future.

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Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Sondhi Gaur is a journalist at EFY. She has a German patent and brings a robust blend of 7 years of industrial & academic prowess to the table. Passionate about electronics, she has penned numerous research papers showcasing her expertise and keen insight.

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