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    Posted: 11 Sep 2017 at 10:06pm
I am very close to buying an x299 Taichi motherboard. But looking at the Storage QVL list, I can't see the Samsung 960 Pro there anywhere, only the EVO.
Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that it won't work, just that it hasn't been verified (yet?).

Can anyone say if they've had problems or not using a 960 Pro as their boot/system drive on this motherboard?

Thank you.
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Originally posted by iconoclast iconoclast wrote:

I am very close to buying an x299 Taichi motherboard. But looking at the Storage QVL list, I can't see the Samsung 960 Pro there anywhere, only the EVO.
Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that it won't work, just that it hasn't been verified (yet?).

Can anyone say if they've had problems or not using a 960 Pro as their boot/system drive on this motherboard?

Thank you.


There is no reason you would not be able to use a 960 Pro on the X299 Taichi, or any other mother board as the OS/boot drive, whose UEFI/BIOS supports NVMe SSDs. Of course, the X299 Taichi supports NVMe SSDs as the OS drive.

Like SATA, NVMe is an official storage protocol, that any device using that protocol must support. We don't worry if a SATA drive will work with any of our boards, because they all will work with any board. The same is true for an NVMe SSD. Any NVMe or SATA SSD manufacture that made a drive that required special, individual support in the UEFI/BIOS, would be making a big mistake. I am not aware of even one NVMe SSD that requires special support in the UEFI/BIOS.

Many people, including myself, have used NVMe SSDs on older chipset mother boards, like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, that existed long before NVMe SSDs did. That board has a UEFI/BIOS update that adds NVMe support, so M.2 SSDs used in an M.2 to PCIe adapter can be used as the OS drive. None of the older boards like this have NVMe Storage QVL lists.

Actually, an NVMe SSD will work in any mother board simply as a storage drive, as long as the appropriate interface to the board can be accomplished. NMVe support in the UEFI/BIOS simply allows these SSDs to become bootable. It does nothing else to make them compatible.

As another example, my ASRock X370 board does not have the Samsung 960 EVO in the manual's Module Support List, yet myself and many owners of these boards use 960 EVOs as the OS drive in it just fine.

The only restriction with any NVMe SSD that will be used as the OS drive is, the OS being installed must have a built in NVMe driver. Windows 7 does not have its own NVMe driver, so a Windows 7 installation will fail with any NVMe SSD, unless an NVMe driver is added to the installation files, or loaded during the OS installation.


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Using 960pro since day one on Fatal1ty X299 Gaming K6 .
No problems with OS boot from it or speed of the drive moved from x99 to it.


In general info tab are my details here- https://www.3dmark.com/fs/13732460


Edited by DStealth - 04 Oct 2017 at 5:15pm
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