ASUS has revealed that some of its upcoming Z690 motherboards for 12th Gen Intel Core “Alder Lake” processors will include a nifty feature that should make it easier for enthusiasts to detach GPUs and other PCIe cards. Dubbed “PCI3 Slot Q-Release,” the feature consists of a button that unlocks the PCIe slot’s security latch with a single, simple tap. The button is reserved for the primary PCIe slot.
A physical button unlocks the first PCIe slot’s security latch with one tap, greatly simplifying the process of detaching a PCIe card from the motherboard when it’s time to upgrade to a new GPU or other compatible device.
These are the ASUS Z690 motherboards that will allegedly be blessed with the PCIe Slot Q-Release feature:
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F
ASUS’ PCI-e Slot Q-Release feature appears to be exclusive to the company for the time being, as nothing similar can be seen on the motherboards that have leaked thus far from competitors such as MSI and GIGABYTE. This feature will also presumably not be found on ASUS’ PRIME, TUF, or ProArt motherboards.