You're going to need a raid controller for that many harddrives to be efficient, if I am not mistaken.
Hi EBuzzell - Thanks for the reply.
My understanding is that the ASRock Extreme 11 has an onboard RAID controller - the LSI SAS 2308 PCIe 3.0 controller
I am assuming this will be sufficient for the RAID 0 configurations of my D & E drives ?
I'd appreciate any other comments on whether this MB can support the disk configuration I have outlined, as this is why I have also selected this motherboard, to avoid having to buy a separate RAID controller card.
Ah, I am not familiar with this onboard controller. I did a little research and it seems that not many people have done raid setups with this motherboard. I'm fairly confident the controller should be sufficient for the Raid setups of your D and E drives but as far as having a 3rd raid on the same motherboard, I am not certain. The more cache availiable for that many drives, the better.
If I had the money right now for a new build it would be the ASRock X79 Extreme11. HARM and I have 34 test results from Asrock boards in our PPBM5 results. The Extreme9 boards currently are placed at 3, 10, 12, and 21 which is a great showing. While we do not yet have an Extreme11 board results,that would be my choice for a LGA 3011 motherboard and precisely because of the number of SATA III connections. There is nothing wrong with the LSI 2308 chip for RAID 0 operations or just single drive SATA III connections.
Thanks for the reply Bill - much appreciated ! Any comments on the size allocated for the E drive, where to put the media cache and where to write the Exports out to ?
Harm - would appreciate any comments you have regarding the above build
My intial reaction was, what a costly motherboard. Sure it has advantages in more SATA ports than any other, but still it is pretty expensive. OTOH it got great reviews and saves you a dedicated raid controller.
The rest of the configuration looks quite nice and that was the reason I did not reply earlier. Everything appears to be in order. One thing you may consider is exchanging the DDR3-1600 sticks for 2133 sticks, if the price difference is not extreme.
You mentioned it yourself, 512 GB for the boot disk is extreme. You can easily get by with 128 or 256 GB, especially since you intend the other two Samsung SSD's for media cache use.
Thanks for the feedback - very much appreciated.
The reason I chose the 1600mhz sticks instead of 2133mhz was because of stability fears, not because of price.
Also, I don't think I have seen any 64gb memory kits running at 2133mhz ?
If you think using the 2133mhz memory is worthwhile and stable, and gives a valuable performance boost I will consider that upgrade.
The GSkill 1600mhz is 1.5 volts and I have read concerns on this forum about using that voltage.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions from anyone about what 64gb 2133 mhz memory kit to purchase that is stable and runs well with an ASrock Extreme 11 motherboard and the 3930k processor.
As per other posts on this forum regarding memory, I'd rather have more memory over faster memory, hence why I am going for 64gb straight away.
As to the C drive size, I'll consider scaling that back to 256gb
Thanks again for reviewing and taking the time to comment.
On this page http://ppbm7.com/index.php/the-price-tag you will find the links to all components I used for my own build, including the 2133 memory. I have been running 64 GB @ 2180 MHz without any problem at 1.5V.
Thanks for the reply and link,
The G-SKILL 64gb 2133 mhz F3-17000CL11Q2-64GBZLD memory kit that you use looks great but unfortunately the ASRock Extreme 11 motherboard is not on the qualified motherboards list for this kit.
I have sent both G-Skill and Asrock emails to enquire what 64gb 8 x 8 2133mhz kit they recommend for the ASROCK Extreme 11. Hopefully the above kit will still be ok even if it is not on the qualified list ?
The difference in price between a 1600mhz kit ( $379 Australian Dollars ) verses 2133mhz ( $595 AU ) seems reasonable, considering the amount I'm spending on the rest of the system, so I think I'll spend a bit more to get the faster memory.
From what I can see, there are not many 64gb kits out there and none I can find that are specifically recommended for the ASRock Extreme 11 motherboard.
If anyone has any suggestions in this regard I'd definitely welcome the advice
Sadly no reply from G-Skill or ASRock.
Can anybody advise what 64gb 8 x 8 2133mhz kit they recommend for the ASROCK Extreme 11 ?
Any other ASROCK Extreme 11 users out there with 64mb running at 2133mhz ?
Any responses would be appreciated.