ASUS breaks new ground with the announcement of the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD, setting a milestone as the world’s inaugural graphics card featuring an integrated M.2 slot. This innovation allows for a seamless cooling upgrade specifically designed for high-performance NVMe® drives.
Reimagined M.2 Storage
Retaining the exceptional features of the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB, the graphics card boasts third-generation RT Cores and fourth-generation Tensor Cores, featuring DLSS 3.5 and advanced frame generation. These elements deliver immersive real-time ray tracing experiences, pushing the boundaries of visual excellence in modern gaming. Encased in a sleek 2.5-slot design, requiring only a single 8-pin PCIe® power connector, the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD seamlessly integrates into existing builds.
The standout feature is the M.2 slot located on the rear of the card, supporting M.2 2280-sized NVMe drives. This groundbreaking design allows the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD to be the first consumer graphics card offering an onboard SSD slot. When an M.2 drive is mounted, it may replace the CPU’s M.2 slot on the motherboard, providing compelling reasons for users to switch to a GPU-mounted M.2 solution.
Compact Cooling Performance
While the RTX 4060 Ti operates on PCIe 4.0, if both the motherboard and NVMe drive support PCIe 5.0, the drive will operate at full PCIe 5.0 speed. ASUS recommends installing the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD in the top PCIe slot to ensure direct communication with the CPU, offering high-speed, long-term storage without compromising graphics performance.
Addressing the question of why not install the drive on the motherboard itself, the Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD features dual Axial-tech fans that not only cool the card during gaming but also significantly reduce the operating temperatures of the M.2 drive compared to traditional motherboard M.2 slots. Equipped with a pre-mounted thermal pad, the M.2 slot allows installed drives to utilize the graphics card heatsink, resulting in up to 40% lower temperatures. ASUS testing ensures longer sustained read/write performance compared to standard motherboard-mounted M.2 slots, ensuring stability well into the future.