Asus put an SSD slot on an Nvidia 4060 Ti GPU

And you thought Open AI was crazy this week

Asus has launched some of the craziest products over the years but none made sense as much as this. The new Asus Dual GeForce RTX 4060 Ti SSD (that’s the name) packs a new trick on an age-old GPU thermal design. There’s an M.2 NVMe drive slot on the backplate with a thermal pad sharing the GPU’s heatsink. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

What is the catch? If your motherboard and NVMe drive both support PCIe 5.0, the drive will operate at PCIe 5.0 speeds. Why do this? According to Asus’ tests, this thing shows a temperature reduction of up to 6° Celsius versus an NVMe drive installed on a motherboard. The main unit, the GPU, obviously packs the same punch as a regular Asus GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB with RT Cores, Tensor Cores, real-time ray tracing goodness and DLSS 3.5. It’s all there.

You can mount M.2 2280-sized NVMe drives on this GPU but, again, why would you want to do that? Asus says it lets the drive take advantage of the GPU’s fans for cooling and that ensures long-term stability. Remember, you will need a PCIe 5.0 motherboard to run the thing at its peak performance and you have to buy the drive separately. Prices and availability for India have not been announced at the time of writing.