13-182-821_R01I was in the market for a new storage server motherboard and spent a good amount of time researching the perfect board to suite my needs. I had a few things the board had to have feature wise:

At least 12 sata ports minimum (Yes I have that many hdds)

built in hba compatible with Freenas platform


dual gig interfaces

Let me tell you there isn’t that many one socket motherboards out there that have a hba built in and 12 sata ports that don’t cost a small fortune.  After many upon many hours of searching i came up with this board. I can honestly say this is a very strong board for vm server,storage server platform, or even pfsense. I originally had planned to use this for freenas which I did for awhile, but the board I received was flaky and ended up being sent off for rma ( back luck of draw) . I love this board and would purchase it again in a heart beat. At this point I have this board in my pfense box paired with a pentium g cpu for low power and very effecient . Anyone looking for a server build with lots of sata ports should deffinately take a long look at this motherboard for their next purchase.

Lets go over pros and cons 



this is a spendy motherboad at times

one socket cpu capable

lga 1150 so older socket

max 32gig ddr3 ecc capacity

only 4 ram slots

no 10gbe support built in




dual gig interfaces

built in hba

lots of sata connections

ecc  ram

See specs below

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 / v4 and 4th Gen Core i3, Pentium, Celeron processors


North Bridge
Intel C222


Number of DDR3 Slots
4 x 240pin
DDR3 Standard
DDR3 1600
Maximum Memory Supported
ECC Supported

Expansion Slots

Other Slots
1 x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (in x16) slot
1 x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot

Storage Devices

4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s + 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
SATA3 (6 Gbps) w/ RAID 0, 1
SATA2 (3 Gbps) w/ RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
8 x SAS2 (6 Gbps) ports via LSI 2308
SW RAID 0, 1, 1E, 10 support

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Aspeed AST2400

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel I210-AT
LAN Speed
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

Video Ports
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0


Single socket H3 (LGA 1150) supports Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 / v4, 4th gen. Core i3, Pentium, Celeron processors

Intel C222 Express PCH

Up to 32GB DDR3 ECC 1600 MHz UDIMMs in 4 sockets

Dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports via Intel i210AT

2 x SATA (6 Gbps), 4 x SATA (3 Gbps)

8 x SAS2 (6 Gbps) via LSI 2308

Expansion slots: 1 x PCI-E 3.0 x8 (in x16), 1 x PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8)

2 x USB 3.0 (1 Type-A + 1 via header), 6 x USB 2.0 (4 rear + 2 via header)

Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and Dedicated LAN

SATA DOM power connector support

VGA D-sub connector, TPM header