ASUS has teased its brand new solution to quickly releasing the PCIe slot-lock on their next-gen Z690 motherboards known as ‘PCIe Slot Q-Release’. This new feature will be offered on the ASUS Z690 ROG (Republic Of Gamers) Maximus and ROG STRIX series motherboards.
ASUS To Offer PCIe Slot Quick Release Technology On Its Z690 ROG & ROG STRIX Motherboards
On Twitter, user @momomo_us located a description, explaining the functionality of the design.
— 188号 (@momomo_us) October 26, 2021
VideoCardz analyzed the ASUS Z690 motherboard lines and believes that they have discovered the motherboard models that will offer the PCIe Slot Q-Release. It appears to only cover just the ROG MAXIMUS and ROG STRIX lines.
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO
- ROG STRIX Z690-A
- ROG STRIX Z690-E
- ROG STRIX Z690-F
The ASUS motherboards missing from the list are the ASUS TUF, ProArt, and PRIME series motherboards, which we are to speculate that those three families will not offer the quick-release functionality. It is also rumored to not be available for the smaller and more compact Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX ROG STRIX series. With the compatibility of PCIe 5.0, the next-gen PCIe technology, it is possible that the missing ASUS motherboards will be refashioned to offer that functionality down the line, but this is only speculation. No word has been released from ASUS about their other motherboard lines’ functionality in the future.
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