AM2+ motherboards with SAS support

hi everyone,
i am looking for an AM2 ATX motherboard that can support SAS hard drives and, although not essential, crossfirex via 16x/8x.

if there arent any out there, are there any controller cards that i can buy to support the SAS drives? how expensive are they?
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  1. No such thing, you want SAS, you need to buy a controller....

    Any reason you need a 15k drive?

    You are better off getting an SSD rather than buying a controller and an overpriced platter drive....The SAS controllers start around 200.00$ and go up to 1,800.00$
  2. i just wanted the speed from the drive thats all. i dont particularly need it :D

    thanks for the reply man, ill get my mind off SAS drives and onto an SSD now that i know it will be cheaper!!!
  3. steevyp said:
    i just wanted the speed from the drive thats all. i dont particularly need it :D

    thanks for the reply man, ill get my mind off SAS drives and onto an SSD now that i know it will be cheaper!!!


    Another thing you can do is buy dual 7,200RPM drives and RAID them (RAID0) . I used to have dual 640's in RAID0 and they were as fast as any 15k RPM drive and I only paid 150.00$ for both shipped...

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&cm_re=caviar_black_hard_drive-_-22-136-319-_-Product

    you will end up with over a TB of space at blazing speeds [:jaydeejohn:5]
  4. yeah i wanted to get 2 SAS drives and stripe them because i seen a 300GB SAS drive on ccl.co.uk for about £30 i think. i just wasnt sure how they worked!! just out of interest, if i was to stripe 3 drives, would that give me 3 times the speed?
  5. not really, your best option would be to RAID 2 drives if speed is what you want....

    300Gb SAS drives normally go for 300.00$ + US , not sure how much that is in your currency.
  6. What currency do you use?
  7. english pound £
  8. If that is considered cheap then I would say go ahead... But the controller is quite expensive. Here are a few examples.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=%2040000410&Description=sas%20controller&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=RATING

    As far as price to performance goes you will not be able to beat dual 7,200RPM drives in RAID0......
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