Fellow Forum Members,
I would appreciate it if any one out there could recommend a motherboard that offers the most onboard SATA connectors. I need to buy a motherboard with 12 SATA ports or even higher if it exists. ANy help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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You may want to specify whether or not you care if the SATA connectors support only 3-Gb/s or if you need all connectors to have 6-Gb/s connectivity. Some motherboards have a mix of the 2 types.
You do realize you can add PCI SATA cards, right? I think I've seen cards that provide up to 4 additional SATA connectors each. For maximum bandwidth of course, you'd want to use PCI-e x16 adapter cards if available.
Also, don't forget to count eSATA connectors...unless you absolutely can't abide routing a cable from an external connector back into the case. For example, one mobo I'm looking at has 6 internal SATA connectors and 1 eSATA connector, for a total of 7.
Most of the time, the eSATA is shared with one of the internal SATA. So if you connect to the eSATA, one of the internal SATA will be turned off. So in your example, the quantity will still be 6.
With the mix of SATA II and SATA III, the latest version will be backwards compatible.
That Asrock with 12 ports... crap... that is alot of SATA ports... And it even has a IDE and Floppy connectors... So literally you can have 12 HDD on the SATA ports by throwing your optical onto the IDE port...
Now that is alot of PORN storage right there in the making.
Since he didn't completely specify some things, I just thought they needed to be brought up.
For example, what if he needed 6Gb/s on all SATA connections? If all he needed was 3Gb/s that would increase the number of boards with a good number of SATA connectors available (and downward compatibility would only help), but if he needed all connectors to be 6 Gb/s it would restrict the number of boards to a relatively small number of models at the current time.
edit to add:
Oh yeah...we can only hope worst-case is for a massive porn engine...I'd hate to think we were helping someone create a spam-serving or phishing monster.
Thanks for the links to the motherboards. I think the coolest one is the ASrock with 12 Sata connectors. This board is packed with a lot of features. The only thing it lacks is an onboard ATI 4000 series graphics chip for out of the box High Definition video playback.
Regarding the SATA connectors that have a 6 GB/s tranfer rate, are the current SATA hard drives I have connected to 3 GB/s SATA ports be compatible with the 6 GB/s SATA ports this motherboard offers? Or does it require I buy new SATA hard drives rated at 6 GB/s ?
The reason I want to buy a motherboard with this many SATA ports is because I do a lot of High Definition video recording and I'm seekin for a solution that offers a lot of future expansion for space. I have looked at the PCI Express 16 SATA Port Controller Card John mentions. HighPoint Rocket Raid is what I think it's called and I think it sells for somewhere around $800. To me it does not make sense to spend $800 on a card for something that can already be provided by the motherboard itself if you buy the right one.
The way I see it, this motherboard will save me the added expense of buying a $800 HighPoint Rocket Raid PCI Express Controller Card.
Thanks for the post. The fact this board offers a mix of 3-Gb/s and 6-Gb/s SATA connectors does not bother me. My only confusion is if the current SATA hard drives I currently own are compatible with the 6-Gb/s SATA connection ports? Does it require I buy new SATA hard drives that are rated at a 6-Gb/s transfer rate?
Regarding the PCI-e x16 adapter cards. I think they are too expensive and I think I can avoid this adapter card expense by buying a motherboard with 12 or more SATA ports already included.
This board would be perfect if it included onboard video with a HDMI video out port.
Regarding using the ESata port. I think I also read somewhere that using the Esata port on this motherboard prevents the use of a single internal SATA port.
Overall, I think this board is great because it offers a lot of future expansion. This future expansion will allow me to store all of my HD videos I shoot using my HD Camera for at least the next 5 years.
The 3Gb/s drives should work fine on the 6Gb/s ports. Didn't G.G. mentioned that earlier?
(see my note below re: Gigabyte board)
But, since you seem heavily into video production, I think you'd be very disappointed in any integrated video...even if it's ATi/AMD 4xxx, the problem is the memory is limited, the pipelines are limited, etc. compared to an independent video card(s).
For example, I got a Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H mostly as a small form-factor board, for general purpose browsing, email, LIGHT-duty video playback (with HDCP support).
It has integrated Ati Radeon HD4250. Here are some of the video parameters as displayed by GPU-z. As you can see, they aren't very impressive.
(Re: 3GB/s drives on 6GB/s ports, I have two 3GB/s drives connected to 6GB/s ports at the moment. In addition to those SATA drives, I have 2 IDE drives connected to 6GB/s SATA ports via 1.5GB/s IDE2SATA adapters...and they are all working great)
The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R has 12 SATA connectors, plus an IDE connectors. That includes (2) eSata connectors. The eSATA connectors are on a different chipset than the internal SATA connectors, so I think they really are independent.
On the down side, it is a socket 1336 board, so a "cheap" processor is $300.