ASRock introduces Quad M2 PCIe SSD add-in card (with active cooling)

ASRock introduces Quad M2 PCIe SSD add-in card (with active cooling)

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If you have a need for ‘moar’ M2 SSDs, perhaps this is a solution for you? ASRock is about to release a Ultra Quad M.2 card. It can hold four NVMe M2 SSDs, with the ability to place it into a VROC RAID configuration.

The x16 Gen 3 PCI Express add-in card can hold four x4 Gen 3 M2 units of up-to 10cm. If you worry about power, not an issue here either, as the card is fed with a 6-pin PEG power connector. Inside you’ll notice a number of things, the M2 cards are cooled with small thermal pads towards the heatsink, but also some active cooling is present in the form of a fan. The unit is VROC compatible, but that does require an expensive activation key from Intel.

  • PCIe Gen 3 x16 interface
  • Supports M Key type 2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 PCI Express module Gen3 x4 32Gb/s
  • Supports Intel® VROC technology
  • Fully support Intel® latest NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Variable speed cooling fan
  • ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card Utility
Supports up to 4 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe M.2 SSDs on AMD X399 platform and Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) technology on Intel® X299 platform. Allows you to create a bootable RAID array with up to 4 M.2 SSDs. The 11-cm-long thermal pad is able to fully cover every NAND flash on M.2 SSD, transferring heat generated by the high-speed M.2 SSD onto the aluminum cover.
The ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card will cost roughly 79 EUR/USD.