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    Posted: 26 Sep 2016 at 5:48am
So, I just updated the bios to version 1.80
On the description in Asrock download page, states:

1.80

4/28/2016Windows®3.38MB1.Add NVMe support.
2.Update Network module.


Anyone knows where to find a compatibility list for NMVe devices?

Thanks!
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Now with BIOS support for NVMe on this board I don't believe PCIe card based NVMe drives really have compatibility issues.
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Originally posted by Fordlobus Fordlobus wrote:

So, I just updated the bios to version 1.80
On the description in Asrock download page, states:

1.80

4/28/2016Windows®3.38MB1.Add NVMe support.
2.Update Network module.


Anyone knows where to find a compatibility list for NMVe devices?

Thanks!


There is no need for a compatibility list for NVMe SSDs, the only kind of NVMe devices available now.

NVMe is a storage drive protocol. SATA is a storage drive protocol. Any SATA drive will work with a board that supports SATA, and so will any NVMe drive work with a board that supports NVMe.

The main compatibility issues with NVMe drives is their physical interface to a mother board, and their electrical interface requirements.

NVMe SSDs are available in the new M.2 slot interface, or as a PCIe slot interface. There is also the U.2 interface, but that is still very rarely used. Those are the physical interfaces.

Most NVMe SSDs require a PCIe 3.0 x4 electrical interface. They will still work with a PCIe 2.0 x4, PCIe 2.0 x2, or PCIe 3.0 x2 electrical interface, but at varying levels of reduced performance.

The only available interface for NVMe SSDs on your board is the PCIe x16 slots. Also, your board only supports PCIe 2.0.

You can buy M.2 to PCIe slot adapter cards, to use M.2 NVMe SSDs in your board. The OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD can be purchased with its own M.2 to PCIe slot adapter card.

Common M.2 NVMe SSDs:

Samsung 950 Pro, the new and not yet available 960 Pro and 960 EVO, SM961, and NVMe version of the SM951.

OCZ RD400

Intel 600p

PCIe slot NVMe SSDs:

Intel 750, and the Intel DC P3000 series, which are Data Center drives, and very expensive.

You must check the number of available PCIe electrical lanes available on your board. Your board has 32 PCIe 2.0 lanes, so unless you must use two video cards, both at x16, you have enough PCIe lanes to use with an NVMe SSD.

All of these NVMe SSDs have their own NVMe driver, that should be installed. Windows 8 - 10 has a built in NVMe driver, but Windows 7 does not. An NVMe driver must be loaded manually during a Windows 7 installation.

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