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The requirements for the Intel® SSD 600p Series are fairly simple, all you need is an M.2 port that will support PCIe NVMe* 3.0 x4 (older NVMe* generations are supported, but will slow down your drive's performance to match). Windows* 8.1 and 10 support this SSD natively, meaning no additional driver is required. We always recommend checking with your motherboard, or system manufacturer for compatibility.
Something that is very important is to make sure you have the latest BIOS, and Chipset drivers. An outdated BIOS may not detect an NVMe* SSD regardless of the brand.
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Yes, the BIOS seems to be the issue. I have the latest BIOS, but I am at ASUS' mercy. The latest BIOS supports NVMe. It is only now that I probe ASUS that I find that the BIOS apparently only supports the NVMe device Samsung SM951 NVMe M2.
You say now that you "We always recommend checking with your motherboard, or system manufacturer for compatibility." but actually, that is simply untrue. The page for the Intel SSD 600p series does not mention that a single time. Intel® SSD 600p Series: PC Storage Optimized
To tell it to you straight, if you are really interested in selling this product and not getting high return rate, you need to do what reputable SSD vendors do and notice that your product has limited compatibility. At the very minimum, I would hope you cease from this false advertising that it's just plug and play, and actually write a sentence like this on the product information: "We always recommend checking with your motherboard, or system manufacturer for compatibility." It's just not that difficult.
For future reference of others who may read this, the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW does not support Intel 600P. Additionally, Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW does not suport Intel 600P. They will not support any drives other than the SM951 unless ASUS decides to make an updated BIOS for this purpose. As far as I am aware, there are no laptops from ASUS that can accept the Intel 600P.
If anyone is interested, this is the response from ASUS support:
ASUS Service Center
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Basically it says that the SAMSUNG SM951 drive, which is NVMe, identical to the Intel 600P, is supported. As for the Intel drive, they have not tested it.