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ASRock debuts Z87 motherboard with 22 SATA-ports

post #1 of 24
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Motherboard + HBA in one! Looks like a perfect for board for large media/storage servers. If it's priced around $400 like it's predecessor, it's going to be of very good value as you don't have to buy separate HBAs for a while, plus more free PCIe slots. I am thinking if it's suitable for server environments though. Or if it supports ECC memory.
post #2 of 24
It's made for a super beasty workstation.

I know a guy with the LGA 2011 version.he put 8 256GB Vertex 4 SSD's on those extra ports as a single 3TB SSD all in RAID 0.

That's really the what your supposed to do with that beast !
post #3 of 24
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Doubt 1150 socket would be used for hardcore workstation builds though. Plus I wouldn't use the controller that's powering the 16 ports for hardware RAID.
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Doubt 1150 socket would be used for hardcore workstation builds though. Plus I wouldn't use the controller that's powering the 16 ports for hardware RAID.




LGA2011 can still kick it's ass even though it's two years old.

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Bought two more for a total of eight Vertex 4 512GB drives in RAID-0.

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Anvil's Storage Utilities:

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post #5 of 24
That's what you do with Extreme11 Motherboards ^
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Dose Dere Sata ports.....
post #7 of 24


^Z87 Extreme 11 Equipted with 22 SSD's



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^Z87 Extreme 11 Equipted with 22 SSD's
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post #9 of 24
I wonder what that costs ? ^
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post #11 of 24
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Given how Z77 Extreme11 is priced at $400, I am hoping this won't be much more than that.
post #12 of 24
I'm guessing $499
post #13 of 24
IMO $499 is a bit steep for a motherboard with a mainstream socket, despite it's features. $449 would be more reasonable.
post #14 of 24
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It's made for a super beasty workstation.

If "super beasty" means only 32GB memory, it'll stack up well against other "super beasty" workstations from 2001.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

It's made for a super beasty workstation.

I know a guy with the LGA 2011 version.he put 8 256GB Vertex 4 SSD's on those extra ports as a single 3TB SSD all in RAID 0.

That's really the what your supposed to do with that beast !
In all seriousness, please give me a real world legitimate scenario where a workstation needs 22 SATA ports. I'm really not thinking of any.
post #16 of 24
There really isn't any other than bragging rights.^
post #17 of 24
The guy with 8 Vertex4 SSD (256GB X8=4TB) uses that 4TB SSD drive RAID0 array as his OS drive for extreme speed and loading times of games. He actually has the thing nearly full (3TB worth) of games installed and is a big gamer. It's backed up nightly on his server so reliability of RAID0 is not a concern at all, and he uses it enough to want SSD performance while loading various video games and they just don't make any high quality 4TB SSD drives for sale.

Sure it's expensive- but his system is in a Cosmos II case ($349) on a i7 LGA2011 CPU ($999) with a $599 motherboard- so it's not that crazy considering he's got the budget and is a large enough enthusiast to see value and real world benefit.

But 22 SSD becomes a different story. There is no practical real world reason to do what is in the picture above. Anything beyond 8 makes no sense.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

The guy with 8 Vertex4 SSD (256GB X8=4TB) uses that 4TB SSD drive RAID0 array as his OS drive for extreme speed and loading times of games. He actually has the thing nearly full (3TB worth) of games installed and is a big gamer. It's backed up nightly on his server so reliability of RAID0 is not a concern at all, and he uses it enough to want SSD performance while loading various video games and they just don't make any high quality 4TB SSD drives for sale.

Sure it's expensive- but his system is in a Cosmos II case ($349) on a i7 LGA2011 CPU ($999) with a $599 motherboard- so it's not that crazy considering he's got the budget and is a large enough enthusiast to see value and real world benefit.

But 22 SSD becomes a different story. There is no practical real world reason to do what is in the picture above. Anything beyond 8 makes no sense.

The company I work for does different types of data processing, there are several processing apps that rely almost solely on disk i/o and throughput for performance, CPU and RAM have a negligible impact. We've started building out whitebox ssd SAN storage for this, but I can think of a few people that would love a workstation loaded with say, 16 SSD's to run jobs on. I wouldn't necessarily build it using this board though.
post #19 of 24
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In all seriousness, please give me a real world legitimate scenario where a workstation needs 22 SATA ports. I'm really not thinking of any.

4K Video Editing. They use MASSIVE RAID setups at the highest levels of quality because single disks can't handle the data rates.
post #20 of 24
Seems like HDDs in RAID should suffice ? Like a modern 7200rpm or even a 10k rpm Velociraptor.

Once you start running a few in RAID 0 the sequential performance gets pretty good. It's the Random 4k IOPS that HDD's suck at.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

The guy with 8 Vertex4 SSD (256GB X8=4TB) uses that 4TB SSD drive RAID0 array as his OS drive for extreme speed and loading times of games. He actually has the thing nearly full (3TB worth)

3TB on 8 256GB drives? Impressive.rolleyes.gif
post #22 of 24
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Lol
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

The guy with 8 Vertex4 SSD (256GB X8=4TB) uses that 4TB SSD drive RAID0 array as his OS drive for extreme speed and loading times of games. He actually has the thing nearly full (3TB worth)

3TB on 8 256GB drives? Impressive.rolleyes.gif

It is actually 4TB, and considering he's just a gamer with a consumer build I'd say so. That's like $2000 worth of SSD drives.

22 on that Extreme11 is just silly.
post #24 of 24
I wonder what the X99 Haswell-E version will be like of the Extreme 11 ? Will they do an Extreme 13 ??? 40 SATA ports ?? 128GB of DDR4 eek.gif
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