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AM2+ motherboards with SAS support

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January 13, 2010 2:53:47 PM

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?
a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2010 3:26:25 PM

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$

January 13, 2010 3:39:13 PM

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!!!
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a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2010 3:59:23 PM

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=N82E168...

you will end up with over a TB of space at blazing speeds [:jaydeejohn:5]


January 13, 2010 4:45:18 PM

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?
a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2010 4:57:41 PM

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.
a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2010 5:50:52 PM

What currency do you use?
January 13, 2010 6:54:32 PM

english pound £
a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2010 7:19:36 PM

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=E...

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