Asus is doing away with the fiddly M.2 screws in some of its latest motherboards by introducing a clip system instead. The Q-Latch is a small plastic erm… latch that flicks around to hold your M.2 drive in place. Asus showed off the M.2 Q-Latch in a Twitter video that sees it being used in a one-handed drive installation. I have already watched this video too many times, and I'm far too excited about getting my hands (that should be hand) on one.
🤯 pic.twitter.com/VaOz7YqG2GFebruary 8, 2021
The Q-Latch will be appearing on 14 of Asus' upcoming X590 motherboards across various ranges, including the TUF Gaming B560-Plus Wifi (opens in new tab) pictured above, some of which are being released to coincide with the launch of Intel's Rocket Lake CPUs (opens in new tab).
Rocket Lake just happens to support PCIe 4.0, which makes improvements on this front even more welcome, especially as the second-wave of PCIe 4.0 is landing and tearing up the benchmarks. Check out our guide to the best PCIe 4.0 SSDs (opens in new tab) for more info.
M.2 NVMe SSDs are awesome. They're much faster and much smaller than their SATA 3.5-inch siblings. You don't have to mess around hunting through your case for power cables and SATA connectors either—fewer cables is a win on its own in my book, but that's just because cable management is up there with root canal work in terms of fun.
The only real problem with M.2 drives is that tiny, tiny screw used to hold your drive in place. These little buggers do a great job of falling into the void never to be seen again. As the resident storage tester, I've dropped so many of these things, that watching this tiny video elicited a genuine smile. I need this little latch in my life.