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What specs are you supposed to look for in a motherboard to determine if it has SAS compatibility and SAS software RAID compatibility built into it?

I'm looking under the details of this:

And under store devices it shows:

SATA 6Gb/s 6 x SATA 6Gb/s


Can SAS hard drives go plug into the SATA ports? Do I need a separate hardware RAID controller or does the motherboard support SAS RAID?

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SATA controllers don't support SAS devices.

SAS controllers often do support SATA devices.

So far as I understand things.

So no, you need a separate SAS RAID controller (or use plain SAS controller + software RAID - usually not recommended)

See TomsHardware

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Also from what I've seen, motherboards that do support SAS will state so explicitly. – AndrejaKo Nov 9 '11 at 23:19
You should look for something that explicitly states there's an SAS controller, yes. – Shinrai Nov 9 '11 at 23:43

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