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Asus showed us its latest motherboards yesterday – one that caught our keen eyes was its P5N7A-D/SAS, which is what looks to be the first Hybrid SLI motherboard for Intel processors.

What’s interesting is that the GeForce 9400 chipset appears to be a single chip solution – this has some benefits when it comes to saving space on the board and as a result, there’s a fairly interesting board layout.

Despite being a full-ATX design, the board only features a single PCI-Express x16 slot, but because of this it does feature three PCI slots and a couple of PCI-Express x1 interconnects. There are six SATA connectors and an IDE socket, which is rotated 90 degrees along the edge of the board.

In addition, the memory slots are also pretty low down the board and will be very close to resistors on the back of longer graphics cards, although it is unlikely to cause a problem. Finally, the 24-pin ATX connector is bizarrely placed right next to the rear I/O panel, which means you’ll have to run cables across the board.

Asus also includes the Express Gate boot console, which enables you to get online in just a few seconds using an embedded Linux operating system. What’s interesting though is the lack of EPU—or at least any mention of it in the marketing collateral—which is an interesting decision nevertheless.

SAS support?!?! Is there anything else that shares the acronym with Serial Attached SCSI?
    
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I think you have the correct acronym. There's a manfuacturer out there who's busting out a new 10k 2.5 inch hard drive so I'm assuming they're talking about that.
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I think you have the correct acronym. There's a manfuacturer out there who's busting out a new 10k 2.5 inch hard drive so I'm assuming they're talking about that.
Western Digital has 10k 2.5" hard drives, but you don't need to go SAS with those. The SAS ports are for people wishing to run 15k RPM Cheetahs, or similar retardedly quick drives.

Overall, I like the placement of everything. Even the ATX plug doesn't bother me (asus has done a lot worse). For people only intending to run one discrete GPU, this seems to be a great solution.
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Ah look at that 24 pin power placement.
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Western Digital has 10k 2.5" hard drives, but you don't need to go SAS with those. The SAS ports are for people wishing to run 15k RPM Cheetahs, or similar retardedly quick drives.
Ahh...gotcha. Thanks for the info.
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Serial Attach SCSI support would be sweet. However:
1) I don't see a need for it on the desktop market so it would be curious why the extra costly feature
2) those look like normal SATA ports
3) don't see a SAS controller chip

One can hope though.
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Serial Attach SCSI support would be sweet. However:
1) I don't see a need for it on the desktop market so it would be curious why the extra costly feature
2) those look like normal SATA ports
3) don't see a SAS controller chip

One can hope though.
1.it would be nice for using 15K RPM drives
2.i thought sata and SAS used the same physical interface? that's why there are raid controllers that support both (like the one in my server although i have never tried using SAS drives with it, it claims to support SAS)
3.maybe it's in the chipset?
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1.it would be nice for using 15K RPM drives
2.i thought sata and SAS used the same physical interface? that's why there are raid controllers that support both (like the one in my server although i have never tried using SAS drives with it, it claims to support SAS)
3.maybe it's in the chipset?
1) How many desktop users have SAS hard drives? .0001%?
2) SAS ports are larger than SATA ports. SATA cables can fit on SAS ports but SAS cables cannot fit on SATA ports.
3) No. There is no NVIDIA announcement or documentation that the chipset supports SAS so they need a separate IC.
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Ah look at that 24 pin power placement.


Thats the one thing i hate about ASUS mobo's, sometimes they put them right smack in the middle or to the side.
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1) How many desktop users have SAS hard drives? .0001%?
2) SAS ports are larger than SATA ports. SATA cables can fit on SAS ports but SAS cables cannot fit on SATA ports.
3) No. There is no NVIDIA announcement or documentation that the chipset supports SAS so they need a separate IC.
i don't think it's about how many people have SAS drives, but how many people would buy them if they had a board that would support them, and how many people would buy the board if it supported them not because they have the drives but because they have heard of how fast they are. I probably would because i hate how slow hard drives are. How can you tell if it's a sas port or a sata port? i know you said the size, but i'm not sure i understand how you can tell that they are too small. the ports on my controller in my server that are supposed to support SAS don't seem to be any bigger than sata ports. I don't really remember seeing anything about this chipset before to know that it would or wouldn't support SAS, but i also am surprised that the the north/south bridge is a single chip so i wouldn't be surprised if they had put SAS support into an enthusiast chipset for people who want really fast hard drives.
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