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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

Mumbai 22nd 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


UEFI BIOS updates for all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards are available now.


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