Sata Port Multiplier or PCI Sata Controller?

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    • Sata Port Multiplier or PCI Sata Controller?

      I am in the process of planning a fanless/silent media server, and I have found that none of the consumer oriented, embedded, mini-itx motherboards have more than 4 sata ports. To that end it looks like I will need a card to add enough Sata ports. Has anyone here experimented with a sata port multiplier, if so did it work well? My main concern in speed since I will be using software based redundancy (i.e. snapraid, aufs, greyhole, etc. idk which yet), and I will be using this as a Plex server with transcoding.

      Also, I am running OMV inside of Windows Hyper-V Server core, and I'm not sure if that will help me or hurt me. Any input would be appreciated, or if you know of any non-server (i.e. cheap) mini-itx motherboards that would remove the need for a sata card card that would be great too. Cheers!
    • Re: Sata Port Multiplier or PCI Sata Controller?

      i use motherboard: ASUS P8H77-I . The thing has 6 sata ports.

      My setup:

      *Motherboard: P8H77-I
      *Processor: Core i3-3240
      *RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
      *HDD: Qty2 2TB drives, Qty4 4TB drives
      *Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 400W


      The setup is not fanless, but it is very very quite and i don't hear fans.

      newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131841
    • Re: Sata Port Multiplier or PCI Sata Controller?

      "WastlJ" wrote:

      I´d prefer a Sata Controller over a port multiplier if you have some free ports on your mobo.


      Most mobos I've looked at have a pcir slot, but the case I'm designing is going to be very short vertically, so any pci card would require a riser card, and some sort on internal support structure. Is it just a speed difference where the controller has an advantage, or is reliability a concern with port multipliers?

      @mkgriesinger: I had considered going socketed, but moving from embedded to socketed adds a lot of cost, and uses more power. Also, I think even an i3 is overkill processing wise. My current setup has an AMD e-350, and is able to transcode 90-100% of my content depending on which TV I am using (strangely its my 720p setup that has issues, because Plex has to downconvert a lot of my shows). I will look into it further, but many of the current generation of socketed, mitx boards have moved from 6 to 4 sata ports.


      Thanks for the info guys. I will keep looking, and update when I finally buy the hardware.