Originally Posted by Zero4549
It's a shame that in addition to the absurd price this board itself will cost, one will need to spend a small fortune on processors and RAM needed to populate the board to the point where it is even worth having in the first place, and it will still be a disappointment.
Why? Because it's sata ports couldn't possibly be in a worse place. It's ugly. It's build with features that even the most extreme enthusiast is likely to never use (I'm looking at you SAS - The only time that I've seen SAS used effectively is in server environment. Why would you put this board in a server?). It's built around overclocking and enthusiast features and yet doesn't even accommodate the most basic of "normal" overclocking requirements - the ability to be air-cooled. And at the end of the day it's effectively an over-glorified and overpriced server board marketed towards non-server use. Oh, did I mention it wont fit in anything?
Incoming Flak in 3...2...
1. The price is in line with the cost of other 2S Romley boards. As for the price of the RAM and CPUs, well, you pay to play. If you can't pay, you can't play. That's life.
2. The SATA port location is not a problem except for aesthetics.
3. As far as the enthusiast is concerned, the SAS ports are merely a consolidation of SATA ports. Would you prefer the board have 14 individual SATA ports on it? The only real problem here is that the board does not come with the breakout cables.
4. It's not marketed as a server board, therefore it does not have to adhere to the traditional faculties of a "server" board. It is an enthusiast product and, if necessary, a workstation board. If you want a server board, Tyan, Super Micro, Intel, and Asus will be able to accommodate you.
5. There's quite a few cases this board will fit in.