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For my FreeNAS build, I went with an Extended Mini-ITX ASRock E3C224D4I-14S motherboard that fit perfectly into the Mercury S3.

I managed to cram a little server into the Mercury S3 with the following specs:

Xeon E3-1245 V3 LGA1150
32GB 1600 Kingston Memory with ECC
LSI 9211-8i Host Bust Adapter (2 SAS to 8 SATA)
Corsair AX860
Noctua NH-C14

See Post 11 for additional pictures: http://www.overclock.net/t/1483750/extended-itx-in-a-mercury-s3/10#post_22162514







ASRock E3C224D4I-14S



Edited by Syan48306 - 4/23/14 at 8:26pm
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Wow. Very interesting. That's expensive though! On NewEgg it's $310. I think the cost comes from the 2 x 8 SAS controller and ECC compatibility. I wouldn't expect it to offer much in the way of overclocking. I would LOVE to see a motherboard with two single spaced full length PCI-E 3.0 16X slots. A tiny little watercooled SLI/CF rig would be sick.
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post #3 of 23
Extended ITX should be a bigger thing. There's a lot of ITX cases that support two expansion slots.
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post #4 of 23
I see it has SATA-II only on the board.
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I don't see why it wouldn't fit, but we couldn't tell you absolutely for sure, it's not a product we'd ever rally around to build our chassis for. Never even heard of "extended itx" until this post, lol.

The 3 expansions slots on the S3 is more for triple-slot GPUs or even a switch for lighting/etc,

edit: it should be noted that while the board may "fit", the motherboard tray won't fully support it as there's no standoffs for the lower parts of that board, leaving that portion of the board without support.
Edited by X-Nine - 4/20/14 at 7:41am
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Originally Posted by DanielCoffey View Post

I see it has SATA-II only on the board.

It's got three mini SAS ports that you can hook up breakout cables to get 12 SATA3 connections.



This is a server type motherboard with full 32GB of ECC ram support. I'm planning on building a FreeNAS box with a Mercury S3 case and this motherboard. I found that my 6x 4TB WD Red configuration ate too much ram using ZFS so I need a motherboard that supports a full 32GB instead of 16GB on virtually all mini ITX boards.

That 8X PCIe is almost designed for SAS/SATA Raid Controllers or HBAs.



I just found it interesting that the holes on the motherboard appear to be exactly in the correct ITX places and extends just about right to fill out the entire width of the S3 without being too deep to block Hard Drive Flex bays like how uATX boards do in the S3.


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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

edit: it should be noted that while the board may "fit", the motherboard tray won't fully support it as there's no standoffs for the lower parts of that board, leaving that portion of the board without support.

The motherboard appears to extend a bit further at the bottom but it's still only got 4 screw holes for standoffs just like the S3. They look like the normal positions for the ITX form factor, it just extends a bit.

I'll report back after I get all the parts to see how it all fits together biggrin.gif
Edited by Syan48306 - 4/20/14 at 7:14pm
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post #7 of 23
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BTW, this was the original intent of the motherboard. It was designed to hook up 12 SATA3 hard drives and have two extra drives linked off of the SATA2 probably as a either a boot or cache drives.



Edited by Syan48306 - 4/20/14 at 7:16pm
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This should be an interesting experiment to follow.
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Don't see many motherboards with SFF 8087 plugs.
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post #10 of 23
It should fit. The only issue I can see is that two screws for the MB tray would be obstructed, so it would have to be installed in place. Although the two tray screws should have adequate clearance, I would probably put a piece in insulating tape/foam over them, just for insurance.
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