ASUS has quietly released a powerful Hyper M.2 x16 Gen5 expansion card for PCIe 5.0 SSDs. This is a significant upgrade over the previous Hyper M.2 x16 Gen4 for PCIe 4.0 drives, potentially doubling throughput to 512Gbps when using four drives in RAID mode.
According to the product description, the new expansion card enables the installation of up to four NVMe M.2 SSDs. Users can combine PCIe 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 drives in M.2 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 formats. To prevent power problems when using current high-speed drives, the developers have equipped the new product with an additional 6-pin power connector, which allows each drive to receive up to 14W of power.
Under the expansion card housing there are four M.2 slots and a small fan to cool the device. To control the fan, you can use the proprietary ASUS Fan Xpert 4 utility. In addition, it can be deactivated or activated using a special button on the device case.
In terms of performance, the Hyper M.2 x16 Gen5 can deliver up to 512 Gbps throughput when using four fast PCIe 5.0 M.2 NVMe drives in RAID 0 mode. The diagram published by the manufacturer clearly shows the impressive increase in performance – up to 128 Gbit/s per slot.
This is important to consider before purchasing one of the expansion cards ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 Gen5 or Gen4 It is important to read the information on the manufacturer’s support page. There, potential buyers can find information about currently supported motherboards with Intel and AMD chipsets. In particular, it is noted that the maximum performance of M.2 drives may vary depending on the processor used.
As for the cost of ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 Gen5, you can become the owner of a new expansion card for $ 80. Retail sales of the device begin this month.