I want to degrade the negative reviews on NewEgg. One of the first CONs is “color scheme”. Good grief. Color schemes is his FIRST negative?!! “Oh my - it doesn’t go with my eyes! Oh my, it doesn’t go with my spring outfits!!” Sheesh…
Another one degrades it because of gamer performance.
Uh. It has 8 SAS ports. This is a STORAGE BOARD. It’s designed for MASS HARD DRIVES in large RAID formations. NOT A BLEEPIN’ ANGRY BIRDS board!! Jiminy.
Take a look at Seagate Constellation drives, or any other SAS drive. Plus the cost of SAS cables. Put 8 drives (that’s about $400 each - $2500+, plus cables, another $200 or so). Also, maybe the joys of Rackmounted Cases will be discovered, too (Rosewill has a pretty nice cheapo 4000 line where both cages of 4-drives each can be removed by pulling them thru the facia without disturbing any motherboard or card alignment).
Color scheme should be the LAST consideration but, for that brainiac, it was his first.
Finally, the only comment from my set of experts is, “Gigabyte doesn’t have great RAID support” so if your SAS system fails, Gigabyte may not have the best support. (Uh, when those systems fail, by the way, NO CUSTOMER is happy with their vendor.)