Apr 17, 2015 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Announces All X99 and Z97 Motherboards Support NVM Express Devices

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ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99 already supports 2.5" and PCI Express card NVM Express options.  Now ASUS is world's first motherboard brand to offer the same support across the entire range of its consumer Z97/X99 motherboards.  By simply updating the UEFI BIOS and using an optional ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card, your motherboard is upgraded to achieve more than previously possible.   It is possible to be faster and use less power; extreme data-transfer speeds up to 32Gbit/s, while better power-efficiency leads to lower running costs.  

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Advanced Host Controller Interface (ACHI) is a hardware mechanism that allows software to talk with Serial ATA (SATA) devices such as SSDs, an upgrade has been long-overdue.  NVM Express is the new storage architecture you've been waiting for.  This new technology allows the latest hardware to run at peak performance without bottlenecks, resulting in data-transfer speeds up to five times faster than traditional 6Gbit/s SATA connections, while reducing power consumption.

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A UEFI BIOS update can be applied using the ASUS-exclusive USB BIOS Flashback very easily.  The new UEFI BIOs can be flashed from a USB drive and the motherboard does not even need to have a processor or memory modules in place.  Simply connect the power supply, plug in the USB drive (with the UEFI BIOS), and press the USB BIOS Flashback or Reset button. 

With the optional ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card, owners of ASUS X99 motherboards are free to attach 2.5-inch NVMe storage devices via the SFF-8639 (Mini-SAS HD) connector provided by Hyper Kit. ASUS Hyper Kit can also be purchased separately.

 Hit the PR button below for the full details.

Press Release

ASUS Announces All X99 and Z97 Motherboards Support NVM Express Devices

World’s first complete consumer motherboard line-up compatible with all NVMe storage options, including PCI Express, SFF-8639 and M.2 for up to 32Gbit/s transfer bandwidth

 

KEY POINTS

  • All ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards support NVMe storage devices with simple UEFI BIOS update
  • World-leading performance with data-transfer speeds up to 32Gbit/s, plus better power-efficiency for lower running costs
  • Flexible compatibility with latest NVMe storage devices, including PCI Express, SFF-8639 and M.2 (PCIe) interfaces

 

Taipei, Taiwan (16th April, 2015) — ASUS today announced that it is the world’s first motherboard brand to support all NVM Express(NVMe) storage devices via a simple UEFI BIOS update and optional ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card.

The free UEFI BIOS update enable all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards to be compatible with the latest NVMe storage devices, including those with PCI Express® (PCIe®) and M.2 (PCIe) interfaces. All ASUS X99 motherboards are also compatible with the latest 2.5-inch NVMe SFF-8639 solid-state drives (SSDs), via the exclusive ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card — for ultimate data-transfer bandwidth up to 32Gbit/s.

 

NVM Express: The ultra-fast future of PC storage

NVM Express is a new storage architecture that upgrades the popular Advanced Host Controller Interface (ACHI) standard. The new technology eliminates the bottlenecks that constrain the performance of the newest SSD storage devices and improves power-efficiency, driving performance to new extremes and reducing running costs.

Only when connected via NVMe are consumers able to experience the very best performance from the latest-generation SSD storage devices for data-transfers are up to five times (5X) faster than traditional 6Gbit/s SATA connections.

 

Flexible and easy NVM Express support for all ASUS X99 and Z97 owners

All ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards offer support for the latest-generation NVMe devices via a fast and simple UEFI BIOS update, applied using the ASUS-exclusive USB BIOS Flashback. This innovative utility downloads the latest UEFI BIOS to a USB flash drive, enabling users to update the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS quickly and easily. The motherboard does not even need to have a processor or memory modules in place: users simply connect the power supply, plug in their USB drive, press the USB BIOS Flashback or Reset button and then sit back and wait — there’s nothing else to do.

Once upgraded, all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards offer full support for both PCIe and M.2 NVMe storage devices. With the optional ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card, owners of ASUS X99 motherboards are free to attach 2.5-inch NVMe storage devices via the SFF-8639 (Mini-SAS HD) connector provided by Hyper Kit. ASUS Hyper Kit can be also purchased separately.

 

ASUS motherboards with NVM Express support

Chipset

Model

PCI Express

SFF-8639
(with ASUS Hyper Kit)

BIOS Version

X99

Rampage V Extreme/U3.1

Yes

Yes

1401

X99-Deluxe/U3.1

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-Pro/USB 3.1

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-A/USB 3.1(Transfer Express)

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-A/USB 3.1

Yes

Yes

1702

Rampage V Extreme

Yes

Yes

1401

X99-Deluxe

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-Pro

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-S

Yes

Yes

1702

X99-A

Yes

Yes

1702

Sabertooth X99

Yes

Yes

0216

Z97

Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1(NFC & WLC)

Yes

N/A

0401

Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0401

Z97-Pro(Wi-Fi ac)/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0501

Z97-A/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0501

Z97-E/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0403

Z97-K/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0402

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0401

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1

Yes

N/A

0203

Maximus VII Formula

Yes

N/A

2601

Maximus VII Hero

Yes

N/A

2601

Maximus VII Ranger

Yes

N/A

2601

Maximus VII Gene

Yes

N/A

2601

Maximus VII Impact

Yes

N/A

2601

Z97-Deluxe(NFC & WLC)

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-Deluxe

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-Pro(Wi-Fi ac)

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-Pro

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-A

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-AR

Yes

N/A

2205

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1

Yes

N/A

2205

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2

Yes

N/A

2205

Sabertooth Z97 Mark S

Yes

N/A

2205

Gryphon Z97 Armor Edition

Yes

N/A

2205

Gryphon Z97

Yes

N/A

2205

Z97-Pro Gamer

Yes

N/A

2103

Z97-C

Yes

N/A

2404

Z97-E

Yes

N/A

0702

Z97-K

Yes

N/A

2603

Z97-K R2.0

Yes

N/A

0802

Z97-P

Yes

N/A

2801

Z97M-Plus

Yes

N/A

2801

Z97I-Plus

Yes

N/A

2604

H97

H97-Pro Gamer

Yes

N/A

2405

H97-Pro

Yes

N/A

2801

H97-Plus

Yes

N/A

2502

H97M-Plus

Yes

N/A

2501

H97M-E

Yes

N/A

2402

H97I-Plus

Yes

N/A

2603

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

UEFI BIOS updates for all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards are available now. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

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