ASUS Strix Arion S500 SSD test: Games also on external drive

More and more manufacturers are moving to fast external SSDs. The Samsung T5 and T7 series, a number of models from Western Digital and SanDisk, were at the forefront of the market. They all targeted more demanding users who needed to move more data between devices. We got one of the first pieces from Asus belonging to the ROG Strix game family. Will this disc also offer something to players and will it stand up in a segment already occupied with strong competition?

Game external drive

It didn’t make much sense to give a fast external drive a game design a few years ago. Most players had a combination of a small SSD and a large HDD on their computer. Additionally, you just had to install the games on a slower but larger hotplate, and you should have taken care of them. If your SSD was big enough, in addition to installing Windows, it could offer some of the most popular games instead.

Today, gaming PCs are usually equipped with terabyte SSDs (Sata and NVMe versions according to the price category) and the second drive is not so much thought. The same is true for laptops, which suffer a lot from scalability. Connecting an external SSD via a fast USB-C interface may be the only way to reasonably expand your storage. Last but not least, we have game consoles that support not only fast USB-C, but also fast loading of the games themselves. Objectively, therefore, it could be said that an external drive providing high transfer speeds is used by players today rather than years ago. We will look at just one of them today.

The Playstation 5 uses several fast USBs

ASUS Arion Strix S500

It got into our hands new Asus Arion Strix S500 with a capacity of 500 GB. It uses the USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 for its connection and, according to the manufacturer, reaches a speed of 1050 MB / s when reading and 1000 MB / s when writing. Of course, we looked at real speeds in other parts of the review.

ASUS Strix Arion S500 SSD test: Games also on external drive

In addition to the SSD, the disk package itself contains a short USB-C – USB-C cable, a manual with instructions and a license for the NTI Backup Now EZ 7 software.

The description of the disk itself is relatively simple and straightforward. It’s about frame for NVMe M.2 SSD and the dimensions derive from that. The disc is 124.6 mm long, 47.8 mm wide and 10.9 mm deep. Perhaps in terms of thickness, the disk is smaller than most smartphones. The weight without the cable is 107 grams, which is known with such compact dimensions. Upon lifting, you will immediately know that you have a piece of equipment in your hand, even though the inside is relatively empty. The body made of aluminum alloy is to blame.

Asus Strix Arion S500
Asus Strix Arion S500

Following the ROG model, the black exterior has geometric and even aggressive contours, although the edges are not sharp to the touch. On the back there is a regular ribbing located directly in the places where the thermal pad touches the M.2 disk and memory itself. The whole disk thus serves as a heatsink. Temperatures in our testing did not rise above 55 ° C.

The back has regular ribbing and a red inscription with the name of the product
The back has regular ribbing and a red inscription with the name of the product

The ROG logo can be seen on the front. At both longer ends we do not go eyelets. The larger of this pair hides a semi-transparent backlight. The second can be used to tie the ribbon. The disk is too heavy to hang with the keys, and such a solution will certainly not be practical.

Front side with backlit ROG logo
Front side with backlit ROG logo

The USB-C slot is unconventionally angled on one of the shorter sides. There is a small pin socket right next to it. After inserting a pin or any sharp object, the panel hiding the M.2 SSD and internal electronics is unlocked.


Source: PCTuning – Všechen obsah by pctuning.cz.

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