Question GPU Blocking SATA Ports - Options?

k3nobi

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I recently bought a new Crucial MX500 to add onto my PC in addition to my other 2 drives. My motherboard (Tomahawk B350) has 4 SATA ports, but the most accessible 2 are of course already taken. The other 2 are blocked by my new GPU, which is quite large. I do have SATA cables with a 90 degree end, but the squeeze between the GPU and the cable is too tight for my liking.

The current options I see are:
  1. Buy a whole new motherboard
  2. Scrap one of the old drives and replace it with a new even larger drive
I want to avoid 1 if possible. 2 is doable, but less desirable as I wanted to keep all three drives. My GPU also blocks my second PCIe slot, so that makes it impossible to add on a SATA card.

Are there any other adapters/add ons I could try?
 

USAFRet

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What card do you have that takes 4 slots?

Either way, this card here would work in the top pcie 1x lane, or in the x16 lane https://www.amazon.com/ACTIMED-Controller-Expansion-PCI-Express-Windows10/dp/B09X18XWPH/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=pcie+x1+sata&qid=1661992414&sr=8-3

Or something like this, it plugs right into the bottom PCI lanes, granted, its PCI so you won't get the full speed of the drive, but it will work. I use this same card in my server and windows just works with it, even can boot from it. https://www.amazon.com/XtremeAmazing-Controller-Internal-Expansion-Converter/dp/B07JZL5838/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2MWZJ2U7RYMJV&keywords=pci+sata+expansion+card&qid=1661992513&sprefix=pci+sata,aps,82&sr=8-8

Good luck!
 

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