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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix Arion

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  • Ultrafast performance and effective heat dissipation — Up to 10 Gbps transfer speeds and aluminium alloy design with integrated thermal pads
  • Easy SSD installation and ASUS Aura Sync — Pin and thumbscrew design for screwdriver-free SSD installation and ambient lighting matches any gaming setup
  • Included protective holder and two USB cables — Holder defends against bumps and drops, and USB-C and USB-A cables ensure easy connectivity

LONDON, UK, October 9, 2019 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix Arion, an external solid-state drive (SSD) enclosure that lets gamers create their own high-speed mobile storage solution. Compatible with M.2 NVM Express® (NVMe) SSDs with 2230, 2242, 2260 and 2280 form factors and featuring USB-CTM 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity, ROG Strix Arion enables transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps for ultrafast performance when working with media and other large files. To ensure sustained performance with no throttling, the enclosure is made from aluminium alloy and features integrated thermal pads for effective heat dissipation.

ROG Strix Arion features an innovative design that lets gamers quickly and easily install an SSD without a screwdriver. Sporting futuristic looks with ASUS Aura Sync lighting effects, the enclosure blends perfectly with any gaming setup. ROG Strix Arion comes with a protective holder with a detachable hook for hanging as well as both USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables to ensure out-of-the-box connectivity with a wide range of PCs and devices.

Ultrafast performance and effective heat dissipation

ROG Strix Arion features USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity to ensure ultrafast performance with high-speed M.2 PCIe NVM Express SSDs. With data rates of up to 10 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 enables transfer of large 4K videos, game files and more in just seconds. Built from aluminium alloy with integrated thermal pads, ROG Strix Arion quickly dissipates heat, reducing its operating temperature for faster sustained transfer speeds and an extended SSD lifespan.

Easy SSD installation and ASUS Aura Sync

ROG Strix Arion has an innovative design that makes SSD installation quick and easy without the need for a screwdriver. The top cover of the enclosure opens using the included pin tool, and the SSD is secured with thumbscrews. Exclusive ASUS Aura Sync technology provides colourful ambient lighting that perfectly complements any gaming setup and lets gamers express their individual style.

Included protective holder and two USB cables

ROG Strix Arion comes with a protective holder that offers protection from bumps and drops to keep the SSD operating properly. A detachable R-hook lets gamers securely attach ROG Strix Arion to the inside or outside of their bag and bring it anywhere. It also includes both USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables for greater convenience and compatibility with a wide range of devices.


The ROG Strix Arion will be available from October in the UK at an MSRP of £44.99. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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Model ROG Strix Arion (ESD-S1C)

Dimensions 124.57 mm (L) x 47.76 mm (W) x 10.85 mm (H)

Weight 98 grams

OS compatibility Windows 7 or later

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

ASUS Aura system Windows 10/8 64-bit 

Interface USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C

(Compatible with USB 3.2 Gen 1/ USB 2.0)

Speed 10 Gbps

Cables USB Type-C to Type-C

USB Type-C female to Type A male

SSD compatibility M.2 (M key) PCIe (NVMe) SSD with 2280, 2260, 2242 or 2230 form factor

Voltage DC 5V

Temperature 0° C (32° F) – 70° C (158° F)

Note SSD not included

1 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at 

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at