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bonanza2000 October 7, 2012 01:46 PM

Adding SATA connectors to motherboard?
 
So I got a backplane for my hard drives and the motherboard doesn't really have enough SATA III connections on it. Is there some kind of PCI board that will work that will allow you to have SATA III through it? Is it just as effective? Looking at the motherboard there are 2 SATA III connections and 4 sata II connections.

Secondary question is if you have 2 optical drives I guess it would be more important to have the hard drives hooked to SATA III than the optical drives. So optical drives to SATA II? Sheesh. so many questions for what seemed like a simple task.

maybe in order of priority SSD / HDD / Optical drives to parcel out the connectors?

Or maybe I need another motherboard? :doh:

supaflyx3 October 7, 2012 03:13 PM

Hook up HDDs and SSD to SATAII, ODD and other HDDs to SATAIII, assuming you're running X58 like your system specs say.

bonanza2000 October 7, 2012 03:23 PM

Ah that is the old motherboard that is now dead. Just bought a i5 1155 chip and this motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard-_-

what is the reasoning behind hooking up the ODD to the SATA III first?

I currently have 1 SSD, 2 HDD, DVD drive, and Bluray drive. I just added two backplate cages for additional drives - one has space for 4 x 2.5 drives, and the other 3 x 3.5" drives. Unfortunately I bought the MB before thinking things through as this MB only has 2 SATA III connectors and 4 SATA II connectors. Which is fine for what I currently have but not for the future.

supaflyx3 October 7, 2012 03:37 PM

I was going off on the specs in your list, where the X58 platform uses a crappy third party sataIII chipset. Is there any reason why you have a dvd drive & a bluray drive?

NyteOwl October 7, 2012 06:32 PM

Perhaps something like the Adaptec 6805E or LSI 9240-81 or 9260-8I would slve your problem.

JD October 7, 2012 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by NyteOwl (Post 660500)
Perhaps something like the Adaptec 6805E or LSI 9240-81 or 9260-8I would slve your problem.

Or cheaper, the LSI 9211-4i or 8i. I find it's performance is pretty similar to the onboard Intel ports, at least for hard drives. RAID1 and RAID10 is all I've ever tested though.

bonanza2000 October 8, 2012 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by supaflyx3 (Post 660463)
I was going off on the specs in your list, where the X58 platform uses a crappy third party sataIII chipset. Is there any reason why you have a dvd drive & a bluray drive?

Well I had the DVD drive already when I started the build and bought the bluray drive so I just stuck both of them in. There was plenty of room in the HAF X case. I could lose the DVD drive i suppose.

bonanza2000 October 8, 2012 04:35 AM

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Originally Posted by JD (Post 660504)
Or cheaper, the LSI 9211-4i or 8i. I find it's performance is pretty similar to the onboard Intel ports, at least for hard drives. RAID1 and RAID10 is all I've ever tested though.

Interesting. Pricey little things. I guess that is what I am looking for.

MARSTG October 8, 2012 06:19 AM

But do you really need RAID or just to add some ports to the system? if that is the case you just need a good add in card like the SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 which retails on newegg for like 110$ and has RAID functions too, on the side. It says SAS but will accept regular SATA HDDs also. You just need to buy also 2 break out cables, newegg item N82E16816116098. Let us know how you will do it.


bonanza2000 October 8, 2012 09:32 AM

No I don't need RAID functions I just need to have the computer access the drives. Maybe I am dumb, but I never figured out the advantage of RAID. I always have lots of backups for my data on multiple drives.

So MARSTG, do you think the above products will do the job? I've never seen a SAS connector. Looks like that cable can connect 4 drives.


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