Hello all! I have been looking to build my own NAS and have it all figured out but have run into one small potential issue.
I am planning to put this M.2 to 8x Sata card;
Onto this MB;
But am a bit confused. The M.2 card says it required a M+B key M.2 slot. But I thought that M+B keyed cards worked in M keyed slots. Is there something I need to be aware of? Dees the M.2 slot also have to have Sata support? or will it just worK? I can’t seem to get a straight answer.
However, unless you really need 8 disks, I would recommend looking at ASM1166 based adapter.
This one seems to use JMB585, which has 5 sata ports.
I looks like 4 are accessible on the first connector, and the remaining one is split with a multiplier to another 4 on the second connector.
I do intend to make a 8 bay NAS using the Jonsbo N3 case, I have looked around and found a M.2 E key to 2 Sata card as well and a M.2 M key to 6 Sata card using the chipset you recommended but I was kinda planning to use the E key slot for another Ethernet port… same for the PCI-e 1x slot on the MB…
But I thought that M+B keyed cards worked in M keyed slots.
Sorry I may have misread your question earlier. Sounded you were saying that the device was B+M (Male) going into an M (Female).
You can plug an M, B, or a B+M (male) connector into a B+M key slot(female). A B+M (male) cannot go into a M(female) most of the time(however I would not be shocked if some devices supported this) I would see the image posted by @Oem_Test above to see the differences.
I don’t think it’s the case. It doesn’t look like SATA and PCIe can be used at the same time, as they share the same pins:
CONFIG_1 pin enables the appropriate host interface:
• CONFIG_1 low enables SATA
• CONFIG_1 high enables PCIe
I think it will just work. But I don’t know, how well.
Everywhere I looked, when I built my own system, SATA multipliers were not recommended:
I’m not actually sure it is a multiplier, from what I can tell from this product Picture; and the general layout of the PCB I think it’s just two of the Sata controllers each using 1 PCI-e lane and just dropping the 5th Sata port on each
Yes, but there are reasons that I am going for the Asus board (even though it does not seem to be on sale anywhere now…) such as having a 16gb DDR4 SODDIM lying around, that and the Asrock board only supports DC external power, and the manual of it say it only can support a maximum of 4 (even though it has 2 Sata Data) HDDs power wise. Also I technically need a total of 9 Sata ports as I need one for the OS, already have a Sata SSD lying around that fits the bill.
That Asus board fits the bill exactly with the exception of ECC RAM, (oh well) and an open PCI-e slot for use with larger cards even if still 1x
That makes total sense and because the AsRock board is DC power only I didn’t go for it.
It’s unfortunate that AsRock makes the non-DC version in mATX only. I decided to “make fit” the mATX board for my NAS but the Jonsbo case you chose can’t fit it even if you hacked it together somehow.
Yes that is very similar to what I have been planning, I was even debating at one point using 8x 8TB Sata SSDs in a Icydock 5.25 to 8x 2.5 adapter! (to expensive) The only Big difference between your build and mine (other than the SSDs) is I plan to use the HDPLEX 250W Gan PSU;
I have had one question about the N100 chip which since you have one can you confirm that it has AV1 Decode? It should from what I can tell as its alderlake but… it’s high on my wishlist per say.