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Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:33 am

AsRock z87 extreme 11/ac has you covered.

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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:49 am

Cable management is going to be an issue. :o
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:59 am

Small chipset fan means loud noises and fan replacement in short order. I thought we learned this lesson with KT400 boards.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:51 am

Neat. :)

I would need to see what chips, NIC and SATA/SAS, are used before giving it a pass or fail.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:24 am

Meh, there's an LSI SAS controller under that heatsink too, it needs -some- kinda active cooling. And you'd have people complain about not being able to run SLI or whatnot if you made the 'sink bigger. Dunno what option they had, really. The VRM one on the other hand is silly.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:53 am

The article wrote:The most striking aspect is probably the 22 (!) SATA ports. 16 of them can be used for professional SAS drives and are provided by LSI SAS3008 controllers. Two of the 22 ports are combined with two mSATA ports, located between the PCI-Express slots. Thanks to a PLX 8747 chip the board is suitable for both 4-way Crossfire and 4-way SLI. Other special features include two Intel Thunderbolt ports and an onboard 802.11ac WLAN controller that also supports Bluetooth 4.0. Like other recent ASRock boards the Extreme11 also features Purity sound. ASRock included a number of overclocking features as well, including onboard buttons, a HEX display and two BIOS chips.


For the NIC, even if they are not using Intel, should be easy to fix with a discrete card, but of course it will interfere with all 4 of your dual-slot Titans? :P
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:56 am

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The article wrote:The most striking aspect is probably the 22 (!) SATA ports. 16 of them can be used for professional SAS drives and are provided by LSI SAS3008 controllers. Two of the 22 ports are combined with two mSATA ports, located between the PCI-Express slots. Thanks to a PLX 8747 chip the board is suitable for both 4-way Crossfire and 4-way SLI. Other special features include two Intel Thunderbolt ports and an onboard 802.11ac WLAN controller that also supports Bluetooth 4.0. Like other recent ASRock boards the Extreme11 also features Purity sound. ASRock included a number of overclocking features as well, including onboard buttons, a HEX display and two BIOS chips.


For the NIC, even if they are not using Intel, should be easy to fix with a discrete card, but of course it will interfere with all 4 of your dual-slot Titans? :P



That's actually pretty cool. Not that I'd put that many hard drives in a case; I'd use an external enclosure and those Thunderbolt ports for that.

And I wonder, are those mSATA slots SATA3?
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:39 pm

Seems like a solution in search of a problem to me. The intersection of people who want fancy overclocking features and people who want an onboard SAS controller with tons of ports is probably very close to a null set.

I also agree that the tiny fans are problematic. Back when chipset fans were more common, I used to keep a pile of Zalman passive chipset coolers handy. Lost count of the number of motherboards where I ripped the crappy fan off and installed one of the Zalmans in its place. Sometimes you had to get a little creative and cut some of the fins down to make room for the video card, but it beat the crap out of the noisy, failure-prone fans the motherboard vendors were using.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:04 pm

just brew it! wrote: I used to keep a pile of Zalman passive chipset coolers handy. Lost count of the number of motherboards where I ripped the crappy fan off and installed one of the Zalmans in its place. Sometimes you had to get a little creative and cut some of the fins down to make room for the video card, but it beat the crap out of the noisy, failure-prone fans the motherboard vendors were using.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:24 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:The Thermalright cooler worked the best for me. http://www.thermalright.com/html/produc ... hr-55.html
I have used a couple of Zalman ZM-NB47J heatsinks.
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I'm sure the Thermalrights were great, they make good products and heatpipes > solid heatsink in general. But the Zalmans were cheap, straightforward to install, and "good enough". I even ended up using those Zalmans to convert some old GeForce 2/3 cards to passive cooling; as long as you didn't need the adjacent PCI slots they worked for that too.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:00 pm

Yeah, the Zalman 47 kept my Socket A board running long after that obnoxious fan was removed.
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:46 pm

just brew it! wrote:Seems like a solution in search of a problem to me. The intersection of people who want fancy overclocking features and people who want an onboard SAS controller with tons of ports is probably very close to a null set.

I also agree that the tiny fans are problematic. Back when chipset fans were more common, I used to keep a pile of Zalman passive chipset coolers handy. Lost count of the number of motherboards where I ripped the crappy fan off and installed one of the Zalmans in its place. Sometimes you had to get a little creative and cut some of the fins down to make room for the video card, but it beat the crap out of the noisy, failure-prone fans the motherboard vendors were using.

Well, forget the OC feature. The PEG slots may be used for additional RAID/SAS controllers though!? :o
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:52 pm

OK, so basically it comes down to whether you trust ASrock to provide the motherboard for your storage server. :wink:
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Re: Anyone need a z87 board with 22 sata ports?

Postposted on Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:28 am

just brew it! wrote:OK, so basically it comes down to whether you trust ASrock to provide the motherboard for your storage server. :wink:


Or you can buy enough of them, so it doesn't matter if a couple fail.
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