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  • Chicken76 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    It's good to see more server motherboards built with low power CPUs, but why, oh why, do they all use the C2750 octocore? Price is really holding this market segment from growing. A quad CPU from the same line would shave $100 off the price of this motherboard. For a lot of usage scenarios a quad would suffice. Heck, even a dualcore would do for some. Reply
  • freezejbc - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    @Chicken76: if you search for mini ITX server boards with dualcore (e.g. for NAS or router or firewall or whatever) - take a look at Supermicro X7SPA-HF. Pricetag around $240. I have four of these on duty since a few years without any problems. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    Because for the highly parallelizable workloads that many servers run the 8 core version will be almost twice as fast, and since it's a BGA part offering multiple versions is more expensive than if it was socketed. Reply
  • BMNify - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    speak for yourself Chicken76 ,these C2750 octocore barely make the grade as they do not have any AVX2 SIMD , a most for many workloads for a very long time now, not to mention thay currently dont have the other interesting feature for home/soho use that being Intel QuickSync Decoder - HW accelerated FFDShow decoder with video processing, octacore is good in 2014/15 no generic QuickSync is bad Reply
  • bunnyfubbles - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    yeah, have to agree here

    I've been dreaming of a build where I could essentially get a DIY Router, Home Server, NAS, and HTPC all in one...

    A mini ITX along with the Fractal ITX case that supports up to 6 HDDs is the obvious starting point, and not many socketed ITX boards support all 6 potential Intel SATA ports, so the 6 here are awesome to see...and of course having 4x GbE ports would be amazing for the router and home server, but the CPU would definitely drop the ball for HTPC duty.
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    The 88SE9230 is a 4-port controller, so unless Gigabyte has done some magic, the 6PXSVL will come with 2 of these. And they only support RAID 0/1/10, so if you want RAID 5 you are limited to the 6 chipset ports. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    The area around the 8 sata ports has 2 identical Marvell chips of some type (not enough resolution to read markings); I assume these are two 88SE9230's and that there's no magic involved. Reply
  • ZGamer - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    There are 2x 6GB, 4x3GB SATA ports. Could do a pair of SSD's on the 6GB with some 4TB drives on the 3GB but really this lends itself more to an IDS/IPS/Firewall unless you want to toss in an HBA and at which point it looks like a decent ZFS build....but it all comes down to what the street price will be.

    It really depends on price-point. ASRock has the 12x SATA monster while SuperMicro has almost an identical config that carries SODIMM's and caps at 64GB ram.
  • Levish - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    no onboard RAID on either of them, intel or otherwise. would have in my opinion made them both significantly more attractive Reply
  • icrf - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    Damn, wish that 14 SATA port board was a Z97 1150 board. I'd love one of those with a Xeon E3-1246 v3 and an M.2 port. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    I realize what I am looking for is very specialized...but, yeah, the octo Atom is nice and all, but not what I need.

    I'd love to see a nice dual or quad core Celeron/Pentium Bay Trail-m/d processor, 4 SATA ports, dual Intel NICs and on-board RAID (though the later isn't a requirement, but a bonus) all in a mITX form factor and preferably sub-$250 (or better yet, sub $180).

    That would make a KILLER file server.

    The octocore Atom board with the Quad NICs looks nice, but I do kind of wonder how much it can really push over the pipes. Of course, it might have no issues loading up all 4 NICs with a proper RAID array and 2 cores per NIC to handle any processing duties required and oddles of RAM space.
  • brashquido1 - Friday, June 27, 2014 - link

    Any news on a release date for the GA-9SISL yet? Of the current crop of C2750 based boards, this ones looks to be the best match to my needs. However, if the release date is still months away then I'll probably look at something else. Reply
  • dintid - Thursday, July 03, 2014 - link

    Been talking to Gigabyte about the GA-9SISL board and ram support. Their serverteam havn't yet tested the board using 16gb modules, but hopefully they turn out to verify this board for 64gb of ram. Seems it will be able to take both ECC and non-ECC, but of which must be UDIMM.

    Quote snippet: "After checking with Gigabyte Server board dept. and found out that they haven't started to test with 16GB ECC UDIMM and it will take ~4 weeks to complete testing..."

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