Install operating system on server 1/hdd AThink of the nightmare if this board failed and you were actually using all those ports. Not sure the market this is aimed at? Single point of failure scares the crap out of me.
Just a suggestion: I'd go with and adjective like "multitudinous". "Generous" (which I think you might've been going for) would also be fairly standard, but magnanimous is a bit awkward and atypical.the motherboard's uniqueness lies in the magnanimous number of SATA ports.
You must be talking about the chipset controller? As the article states, it's clearly not using that.Lol!
Even the most powerful Xeon processors are barely enough for 5 SATA ports at a time, before the socket gets bottlenecked.
It's really a waste of ports...
Thats why you use 16 lanes NVME cards with 4 M2 slots for each card ... The Epyc Chip has 128 Lanes of PCIe 4.0 , and there are dual CPU mobos totaling the lanes to 256 lanes thats more than enough for what you are askingImagine if someone filled every single one of those with M.2 expansion cards.
Imagine if they made a motherboard with 128 or so M.2 slots. (Maybe more!) They might need to build a more powerful chip and board for something like that! Rename it the Monsterboard.
Sata has a rough bw of 500mb/s read/write. with 32 ports you still need 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 links to the CPU to ensure no bottlenecking, wich I hardly believe this board has to whatever i/o controller it uses.You must be talking about the chipset controller? As the article states, it's clearly not using that.
A Skylake i7 should have plenty of horsepower to handle the bandwidth, which will probably be less than a GPU, altogether. Let's see... 32x 250 GB/sec (a fairly generous estimate of HDD media transfer rate) = 8 GB/sec, which is about half of what a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot can support.
So, as long as you're using a hardware RAID controller (or maybe not even using RAID, but rather a distributed object store that uses replication to provide fault-tolerance), you're good.
The real question is: what speed are the Ethernet ports? At least one of them had better be 10 Gig, or else I don't understand this product at all.
What are you plugging into them that is so fast? Not hard disks. And if you're building all-flash storage, then SATA doesn't make a lot of sense, anyhow.Sata has a rough bw of 500mb/s read/write. with 32 ports you still need 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 links to the CPU to ensure no bottlenecking, wich I hardly believe this board has to whatever i/o controller it uses.
Maybe the redundancy exists at a higher-level. Maybe there's software doing data replication on different hosts.Add to that the fact that others pointed out .. this is a "Single point of failure" board.
Well, yes. Clearly, it's made with some specific purpose in mind.Plus the fact you need a custom case solution.