The RTX 4060/RTX 4060 Ti and RX 7600 releases weren’t so hot and amongst many reasons, many are pointing out the cards are not offering their 100%. This issue is further excacerbated by the fact that these cards only require 8x PCIe lanes versus x16 which makes these cards feel they’re entry-level GPUs. Some brands have resorted into physically only using 8x connectors which opens up the x16 slot for other things particularly high-speed SSD riser cards that can use the full x16 slot for multi-drive RAID setups.
But that in itself requires an additional PCIe 8x slot and other products. Something more simple is what ASUS has implemented on their card. ASUS has created an updated RTX 4060 Ti for their DUAL line-up featuring a M.2 slot on the backplate.
This slot can house a regular M.2 2280 length SSD and run it alongside the GPU, running directly off the unused PCIe lanes used by the GPU on an x16 slot. The card is variation of the already available DUAL model for the RTX 4060/RTX 4060 Ti series and is expected to have a slight price increase over the standard version.
For the actual application, there are motherboards out there that only house a single m.2 slot like older B450 ITX motherboards. Given the mid-market positioning of these boards, users who want to stretch out the life of these types of boards and other similar niche situations that require further storage could appreciate a solution like this.
The card is already available in other regions. Speaking with our Philippine rep for ASUS, the card’s availability is still under consideration and is currently not yet available in our region.