I currently am invested in a build that doesn’t have a lot of SATA 3.0 ports with the MSI X79-A GD65 (8D) Motherboard. I am not sure if running at SATA 2.0 speeds will cause any issues in the long run (i.e. like not earning any Chia, plotting errors, etc.)
I am in a bit of a conundrum with my Chia farming setup and not sure if it will be adequate. I have a MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard lying around for the past decade that I didn’t bother to use. I tested it and it is still in working condition. I am wondering if my motherboard is still viable for chia farming, because the issue is - there’s limited SATA 3.0 ports on the board. I am not sure if its worth it to plot HDDs on SATA 2.0 ports, or if it will cause any issues or errors in the long run?
For reference, here is the table for PCI-E speeds
SATA 2.0 is only capped at 3Gb/s, SATA 3.0 is 6Gb/s
This board has 6 SATA Ports:
SATA 1&2 are powered by Intel X79, SATA 3.0 ports
SATA 3-6 are powered by Intel X79 but are only SATA 2.0 ports
SATA 7&8 are SATA 3.0 Ports but are powered by ASM1061. I have never heard of that yet, but I noticed that when I plugged in my hard drives, they show up as “Removable USBs” in Windows 10
This board also has 3x PCI-E 3.0 slots, 2x PCI-E 2.0 slots and 1x PCI-E 2.0 Slot.
Should I get a PCI-E to SATA Expansion card instead so that I can avoid using SATA ports 3-8 and then plug it into the PCI-E 3.0 lane? Typical PCI-E to SATA Expansion cards that I see are usually 4x lanes, so does that mean I would only be able to get 4 Gb/s out of it instead of the full 6 Gb/s which SATA 3 is spec’ed at? Is the speed difference detrimental?
Also I have heard of SAS Expansion cards but I am not familiar with them, would these help in my case?
I haven’t started plotting yet, I only Installed Windows 10 to check if the SSD is working and all the drives are detected and thankfully, all of them work.
I have the following hardware:
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
RAM: 8x sticks of DDR3 (64GB Total) Kingston HyperX 1600MHz
CPU: Intel i7-3820 (Is it worth upgrading the CPU to an Intel i7 4960x? to increase number of cores 4 to 6).
SSD/Boot Drive: Intel D3-S4610 (1.92TB) SATA 3 6Gb/s, it has a very high rating of 9.4 PBW
Storage: Several 12TB HDDs
Case: NZXT H440 (I am planning to get a larger case as well that can support more HDDs).
PSU: Seasonic SSR1000-PD (1000W)
Any advice would be appreciated, any recommended parts to go for, I would also consider taking a look.