ASUS has released an unusual graphics card GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC SSD (DUAL-RTX4060TI-O8G-SSD) with 8 GB of memory, equipped with an integrated M.2 connector for installing an NVMe drive in 2280 format The concept of this graphics card was first shown in the summer of this year.
It should be noted that the idea of placing an SSD on a graphics card is not new. AMD previously released a professional graphics card concept Radeon Pro SSG with the same feature that suggested using the solid state drive as an additional storage buffer.
ASUS, in turn, decided on a slightly different approach. Installing an NVMe drive on the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC SSD does not improve performance, but rather serves to save space on the motherboard by adding an additional M.2 drive in an unexpected place. In addition, you can use all PCIe lanes intended for the graphics accelerator. Keep in mind that NVIDIA graphics cards with AD106 and AD107 GPUs, although equipped with full PCIe x16 physical connectors, only use 8 of the 16 available PCIe lanes and the remaining lines are electrically disabled. In the case of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC SSD, the card uses these lines.
Compared to the initially presented concept, the final version of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC SSD graphics card received some minor changes. In particular, a plastic cover for the SSD has appeared on the back plate of the graphics card. There are no changes to the board. The cooler of the graphics card’s cooling system itself is responsible for dissipating heat from the NVMe drive. Fortunately, the accelerator’s 160W power consumption allows this to be done without sacrificing efficiency. No tools are required to install the SSD – there is a special locking mechanism.
As VideoCardz writes, the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC SSD has already been released in Europe. In Finland, for example, the new product costs 559 euros, making it 90 euros more expensive than the regular version of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti DUAL OC without SSD and only 10 euros cheaper than the RTX 4060 Ti model with 16 GB of memory.