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Number of SATA connectors

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Neil__C, May 26, 2008.

  1. Neil__C

    Neil__C Guest

    Hi all,

    Hope I'm in the best place to ask this - if not, I'd appreciate
    someone pointing me there :)

    I'm finding it hard to find a motherboard that fits my requirements. I
    needs to be able to use and Intel Core 2 Duo and have one (or more)
    x16 PCI-E slots. Other than that, my real requirement is that it has
    as many onboard SATA connectors as possible. 8 would be a minimum and
    more is better (I'm try to avoid buying an expensive add-in raid
    controller). I would want to use the disks in JBOD mode, so raid
    functionality is not an issue.

    Can anyone recommend the best board to suit these purposes or point in
    a direction that I may be able to find out?

    Thanks in anticipation.
    Neil__C, May 26, 2008
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  2. Neil__C

    Paul Guest

    First, find a motherboard with 6 SATA on it. It should not be difficult
    to find a board like that.

    Second requirement, is to find a motherboard with several PCI Express x1

    Then, purchase SIL3132 cards, which have the hardware to control two
    SATA ports. (The card you purchase should have two physical ports,
    and you don't want a card which offers two external and two internal,
    as with the SIL3132, they cannot all be used at the same time.)
    This one is $37 and offers two internal ports.


    An alternative expansion scheme, is to use a single SIL3132
    card, and use two of these port expansion boxes. These cost $100
    each, and turn one port into five. By using a $37 SIL3132 card,
    and two $100 expansion boxes, you can run 10 disks. Plus the 6 on
    the motherboard itself.


    Actually, I do see a board that has 8 SATA ports and three
    PCI Express x1 slots. 6 SATA are on the Southbridge (ICH9R).
    2 SATA are connected to what looks like a JMB363 or equivalent
    (Gigabyte likes to hide the identity of the chip, for no good
    reason). You can slap in at least one more SIL3132 card
    if you want.


    I don't know if multiple SIL3132 cards "play nice" in the
    same computer, so you have a bit more research to do.

    In terms of volume size, there is also a limit at around
    2.2TB on some versions of Windows. That is another thing
    to take into account, when setting up the box. If all the
    disks are independent of one another (each with own drive
    letter), then that shouldn't be a problem.

    Paul, May 26, 2008
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  3. Neil__C

    Neil__C Guest

    Thanks Paul - a very helpful response. I also found an abit board with
    9 SATA connections so it looks like I can start.

    Neil__C, May 28, 2008
  4. Neil__C

    Neil__C Guest

    For anyone else interested, I've found that the Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-
    DQ6 supports 10 independent SATA drives on-board. This sounds ideal.
    If anyone has nay advance on 10, please let me know ;)

    Neil__C, May 29, 2008
  5. Neil__C


    Jun 29, 2008
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    Yes I am interested.....
    Robert, Jun 29, 2008
  6. Neil__C


    Jun 30, 2008
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    you can go for gigabyt 945 gaming motherboard it is the most suitable in your equirement..
    james.john, Jun 30, 2008
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