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SAS was removed from the PCh last minute is the rumer going around, it makes sense.
I'd heard that, as well; a possibility is a later X79 revision that provides more SATA ports.
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SAS was removed from the PCh last minute is the rumer going around, it makes sense.

if you think about it, a 20GB/s DMi will easily be bottlenecked with more than 8/6 native ports all SATA6G.
Yeah for me I would still want 10. Half would be for 7200rpm drives or optical. I'm just hoping its not 6 native and 2 Marvell again. I could use up 6 ports pretty easy. 8 Native would be enough for me though. 8 Native and 2 Marvell would be even better. But 6 and 2
 
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yea maybe a later revision, but you have to realize that the DMI bus + USb 3.0 + more sATA6G will need an upgrade itself, from 20GB/s to something like 30 or 40, that would probably require a new CPU, and probably a new platform.

We already see some USb 3.0 turbo modes being incorporated into the Z68 PCH to bypass the DMI if too many devices are connected to it. Intel needs to upgrade the DMi IMO to be able to facilitate more SATA 6G ports.
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The problem is that they had planned a PCI-e x4 3.0 uplink from the chipset to the CPU to carry the extra weight of the SAS ports (I think); this extra uplink was severed somewhere along the way and initially I'd only heard they were cutting 4 of the SAS/SATA ports as a consequence. I didn't think they'd get rid of ALL of them...
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I'm sure this board will be nothing short of a masterpiece. My BloodRage has been absolutely phenomenal.
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yea maybe a later revision, but you have to realize that the DMI bus + USb 3.0 + more sATA6G will need an upgrade itself, from 20GB/s to something like 30 or 40, that would probably require a new CPU, and probably a new platform.

We already see some USb 3.0 turbo modes being incorporated into the Z68 PCH to bypass the DMI if too many devices are connected to it. Intel needs to upgrade the DMi IMO to be able to facilitate more SATA 6G ports.
The SR-3 has two SAS ports, and it will use a variation of the Patsburg chipset (of which X79 is one variant.) Unlike in previous years, intel is using the same basic chipset design for desktop and server platforms.

So, don't give up hope yet.
    
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The SR-3 has two SAS ports, and it will use a variation of the Patsburg chipset (of which X79 is one variant.) Unlike in previous years, intel is using the same basic chipset design for desktop and server platforms.
Actually it has server-style SAS clusters, so it may count for more than 2 ports; since it's very likely they're tied to the chipset, it's safe to assume the SR-3 is using Patsburg-D or Patsburg-T, rather than -X.
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I think it's would be more reasonable for Foxconn to at least place the dimm slots back to where most motherboards are these days. Since there's only 4 of them I personally think there isn't much excuse to not put them back there.

Besides the consumers will get the advantage of having better CPU cooler support and they look better in their original location too, at least that's what I think. If they also decrease the price a bit and included the above modifications above I think this could be marketed as a decent value range X79 board. Although there might be no such thing that might ever happen at least they should give it a try
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uneven PCIe spacing... not cool. they totally could have made that board tri-sli friendly.
Ya why do they do that? Really, why? It isn't that difficult to design a motherboard layout at this point.

Between that and the chipset heatsink I'm gonna say no-go on this one.
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Actually it has server-style SAS clusters, so it may count for more than 2 ports; since it's very likely they're tied to the chipset, it's safe to assume the SR-3 is using Patsburg-D or Patsburg-T, rather than -X.
Jacob said that the board supports four drives per port.
    
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