ASRock Z87 Extreme 11 Motherboard Sports a Whopping 22 SATA 6Gbps Ports

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vrmlbasic

"That paves the say for a lot of storage"

I haven't heard that turn of phrase before.

Is Asrock trying to compensate for Intel's history of poor implementation of SATA III with this?

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bensen408

22 SATA ports? But can you USE them all? I'm guessing at bottlenecking somewhere.

ASRock, if you're going to go nuts and give us 22 SATA ports, how about a socket for a second CPU???

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AFDozerman

Agreeed. We need a followup for the SR-X.

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SkavenUk

Any news on pricing/release information yet?

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AFDozerman

Definitely for raid1. You can never be too careful.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Who could afford that?

I'd rather see a better selection of low profile SSD's

such as,...

1" tall (or less) PCIe boot SSd's for the smallest of Mini ITX enclosures

Better selection of Mini PCIe boot SSD's

Internally Raided ThunderZolt SSd's

etc etc bla bla bla

I'm sure somebody could bolt an 8 or 16 channel RAID controller to a low profile boot SSD for PCIe

Sure, it wouldn't be 88 Terabytes and you would really just be paying for the controller but wow...what a boot drive for low power systems

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AFDozerman

You do know I was kidding, right?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I do now...

...and if I ever need 22 - 4TB drives in Raid, I'll wait for the external box utilizing thunderzolt ports or maybe they will have a wireless setup that is fast enough by then...

Have you read about that new Wigig setup for 4K Video Streaming?

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/09/wilocity-delivers-wigig-wireless-home-networking-at-7-gigabits-a-second/

7Gb/sec(875MB/sec)up to 30 feet
Almost fast enough for a wireless 88TB backup drive

If they can just make a 10Gb ethernet or USB 3.1 fed Wigig router now, they could feed 6 computers simultaneously over 150MB/sec or 1 computer over 800MB/sec wirelessly (speed based on # of computers)

sounds like my new gaming rig...heh heh

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AFDozerman

I think if I were doing something that big, I would use a few of those external 2TB drives routed through a USB3 hub and have a couple of SSDs and a RAMccache as L1 and L2 caches for my more frequently used data.

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The Mac

im using a couple USB3 boxes, its really unreliable.

They drop in and out contrantly.

At this point, Esata is still more stable.

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The Mac

im using a couple USB3 Raid5 boxes, its really unreliable. Basically all the firmwares stink.

They drop in and out constantly, and power saving features are contantly fighting with high availability.

At this point, esata is still more stable at those speeds

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HouseFoxx

What are 8-inch power connectors??
Does this mean that this board has built-in 8" extensions for it's dual 8-pin connectors?

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John Pombrio

Pretty sure you mean 8 PIN power connectors. There is usually one to supply power to the CPU up in the top corner of the mobo. Having two is overkill for a vast majority of users.

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wumpus

This screams for the necessity of SATA-to-SATA networking. Alas, this motherboard will likely be obsolete before anyone makes the necessary switch (you will likely need a physical device that mimics a drive in the middle) and drivers (which are said to be the big problem).

On the other hand, 16 data drives and 4 parity drives in a huge RAID, anyone (the math behind RAID 6 should handle any number of data+parity that add up to 16. The actual algorithm, Reed-Solomon, can handle up to 255 data+parity drives)? Anybody know if ZFS can handle that many parity drives across one filesystem?

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aarcane

ZFS currently caps out at 3 parity drives. that would be 2(8+3) raidz3s in a stripe configuration, or the modern equivalent of raid 50, 60, or whatever number you pick to correspond to n parity storage. 22 drives is actually a fairly sound choice for drive count.

Then you throw your OS and some ZIL and ARC on some a mirror of M500 mSATA SSDs, and you're good to go with this build.

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John Pombrio

Could a single power supply run even half of the SATA ports with hard drives in them?

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tom_m

You'd need a lot of Y-splitters, that's for sure.

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Smokex365

Nice board for a whitebox NAS server or ESXi box.

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SilverSurferNHS

or a SEXi box