We’ve all installed an SSD in an M.2 and it’s more than likely that if we didn’t have a magnetic screwdriver the typical little screw ended up on the motherboard or on the floor and in the worst case scenario. case, she was lost. For this reason and as a breakthrough in the industry, ASUS has created a new way to attach our NVMe SSD to the motherboard by introducing new clamping technology.
ASUS Q-Latch, goodbye to boring fixing screws
– ROG Global (@ASUS_ROG) February 8, 2021
What is more courage and rage than trying to squeeze a tiny screw into an even smaller thread and there’s no way? and if we lose it on top of that … Fury and despair are tied. There are some users who cannot stand it and have long been asking for a simpler installation method to avoid the typical telemarketing scenes that seem impossible to us due to the awkwardness of those who experience it.
ASUS has hit the nail on the head with a new locking solution: Q-Latch, which is as simple as it sounds: a lever that is attached to the retaining screws of 22110 and 2280, made of quality ABS plastic and its function is simply to hold and fix the NVMe M.2 SSD
While this may sound revolutionary in itself, the reality is that this is more of an evolution than an innovative technique.
Some manufacturers already had similar solutions in laptops and OEM systems
This is not new, it is true, and although it will be introduced in Z590 and B560 motherboards As a brand new addition to the desktop industry, the truth is that other manufacturers and OEMs already had retention clips that, while not similar, performed the same function to make installation easier for system administrators.
The problem here came from the manufacturers of SSDs and motherboards. The former said the mandatory fixing screws should come from the motherboard manufacturer, while the latter said each drive should bring its own screw in case a replacement needs to be made due to loss.
ASUS has come up with the solitary solution, no screws are needed and SSD manufacturers don’t need to include one as a replacement for every SSD sold. The most obvious question concerns the models in which the Q-Latch system will be introduced, because here they are:
- TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi
- ROG Strix Z590-A gaming Wi-Fi
- ROG Strix Z590-E gaming Wi-Fi
- ROG Strix Z590-F gaming Wi-Fi
- ROG Strix B560-A gaming Wi-Fi
- ROG Strix B560-F gaming Wi-Fi
- ROG Strix B560-G gaming Wi-Fi
The question now is who will follow ASUS ‘lead with Q-Latch? Seen as seen with similar solutions for other PC editing functions such as Q connector … Maybe none, which is a shame because the idea is really good.