The best SSD for gaming is an NVMe drive, but before you can finally wave goodbye to long loading times, you must first brave the fiddliness of installing the thing. The M.2 interface uses some of the smallest screws in PC gaming, and while the best practice is to lay your system flat and let gravity do half the work, it’s easy to fumble and lose them in the process. Fortunately, Asus looks like it has the answer.
Alongside its new Z590 motherboard range, Asus has introduced the M.2 Q-Latch – a pre-installed screw that holds down a white piece of plastic and makes M.2 installation far easier. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve accidentally snapped something given how out of place it looks, but with it you can simply plug in your new M.2 SSD, press down, and swivel the plastic to keep the drive in place – no screwdrivers necessary.
It looks like the M.2 Q-Latch is missing on high-end motherboards like the ROG Maximum XIII Extreme and Hero, according to their product pages, but is present on other premium offerings in the ROG, Prime, and TUF line-ups. Hopefully it’s something that will work its way into all ranges, given the simplicity of it.