Today we will be taking a quick look at the Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card. It’s a full length x16 PCIE add-on/expansion card that features 4 internal x M.2 connectors, and if you have a X299 motherboard it offers supports Intel’s VROC (virtual RAID).
The PCB is covered with a large but high quality heat sink with 4 strips of thermal pad for the M.2 SSDs. The entire card then is cooled by an internal fan.
This PCIE expansion card is ideal for workstation users and content creators who don’t have any M.2 connectors on their motherboard, or just want to simply manage their SSD storage via a single x16 PCIE slot.
Here’s a little blurb taken from Asus’s website …
ASUS takes its name from Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. ASUS embodies the strength, purity, and adventurous spirit of this fantastic creature, and soars to new heights with each new product it creates.
The Taiwanese information technology industry has grown enormously over the last few decades and the country is now a dominant player in the global market. ASUS has long been at the forefront of this growth and although the company started life as a humble motherboard manufacturer with a handful of employees, it is now the leading technology company in Taiwan and employs over 11,000 people around the world. ASUS makes products in almost every conceivable category of information technology too, including PC components and peripherals, notebooks, tablets, servers and smartphones.
For years since its establishment, ASUS aimed to put an ever-greater emphasis on PC gaming. This process resulted in the 2006 founding of the Republic of Gamers brand (ROG), formed for the sole purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers.
Since then, the efforts of the ROG team have led to a constant flow of PC gaming technology that has become legendary among enthusiasts for its performance. ROG is more than just hardware, though – we take an active part in the global gaming community, helping develop the industry by sponsoring events such as PAX and Dreamhack. Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance, with many of our products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros.
With this great response from gamers and the industry, ROG has all the resources it needs to keep working on enabling even better experiences – technology never sleeps, nor should the action!
Since the card does not have any native RAID support, I’m expecting little or no performance gain. I’ll be using the Asus Hyper M.2 as a expansion card only … installed with a Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD. RAID support is only available on motherboards with the X299 chipset using Intel’s VROC technology.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications and photos on our next page …
You can buy the Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card from Newegg for USD $95.00
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