MSI First to Support NVMe SSDs on all X99/Z97/H97 Motherboards
Published: 27th January 2015 | Source: MSI |
MSI First to Support NVM Express Storage on all X99/Z97/H97 Motherboards
MSI, world leading in motherboards, is the world's first motherboard brand to fully support the next generation in storage control, NVM Express. All MSI motherboards sporting Intel 9 series chipsets including X99, Z97 and H97 are now supported. MSI has prepared BIOS updates which are now available for download. NVM Express is the next generation PCI Express storage standard introducing lower latency and lower power consumption but increased transfer speeds compared to the legacy AHCI controller.
MSI's R&D fine-tuned the BIOS to fully unleash all the power NVMe has to offer while supporting the majority of devices available on the market without any hassle. With the latest BIOS, MSI X99/Z97/H97 motherboards can support NVMe devices as primary storage under Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit and fully support NVMe booting. The BIOS updates can now be downloaded from the company website. The table below describes all supported models and BIOS version.
NVM Express, NVMe stands for Non-Volitile Memory Host Controller Interface Spacification (NVMHCI), it is a specification used for SSDs which operate through PCI Express. MSI by adding official support for NVMe to all their current Intel Motherboard line-up has shows a dedication to the evolving marketplace of SSDs. As the SATA interface becomes saturated by modern SSDs and many look to PCI-e as the future of SSDs.
As I said above NVMe SSDs will operate on the PCI Express bus, which means that they will come to the market in the form of PCIe SSDs or using the M.2 Specification. Devices with NVMe controllers will offer exceptional performance in comparison to our traditional SATA SSDs, we look forward to seeing SSDs with these kind of speeds come to market.
We looks forward to seeing Ultra fast PCIe SSDs coming to the market in the near future, and it is fantastic to see MSI take the lead in offering support for these parts in their current lineup of motherboards. Let's hope other manufacturers will follow suit.
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