Thank you very much for your continued advice, sadly this board is not an option right now, the reasons being:
a) it is true, that it can run with only one CPU, however in that case I do not know if that CPU hast to be a XEON, which are to pricy for my taste.
b) Even if it runs with a i7 (what we do not know) it can only utilize the 4 RAM-Slot belonging to that CPU-Slot.
c) I am not sure the board runs with normal Rams (maybe it needs reg ECC) I did not dig into this.
Regarding Video, it would really provide 16 Lanes if one used two cards, which is a nice thing.
So once I have a haystack of money, I might really crazy enough to try this out, but right know the costs involved in such a project are by no means justified by a potential result: Remember all I wanted to do it to attach 4 SSDs to SATA III ports instead of SATA II ports. Right now we are talking about switching CPUs, the Mainboard and RAM, money wise this are about 5000EUR just to accomplish that feat.
And here is an addional trigger even if I opted for 2 Xeon this would decrase my gaming performance, see here
- it is a german page (since I am from Germany) but you will be able to read the tables.
So that would really mean spending a lot of money for less performance, where every single frame counts and no difference in every day applications, which make no use of 6 cores let alone 16.
May be it would really be the simpler, cheaper and therefor smarter solution to opt for SATA-RAID-Controller-Add-In-Card.
The Problem with those: I read some posts about such controllers from LSI, they tend to overheat and that wont get any better if placed between two GPUs, furthermore (if I understood correctly) they need some space on the BIOS-ROM, due to the use of UEFI-BIOSes such space might not be readily availabe resulting in all kinds of quirks, like not being able to POST, being one of them.
Just as a sidenote, AMD provides 6 SATA III Ports on their SB950 that has been around for years, why cant Piledriver be a litte faster, I'd scap the intel build without giving it a second thought. It is more costly and less versatile as this discussion proves.Edited by Ganzir - 5/18/13 at 2:30pm