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Hi all,
First time I write, although I have been a follower of this forum for a few months already. Thanks to all the advice here so far.
Sorry if this question is repeated, I have searched but found it nowhere answered. Also the buyer's guide didn't help me on that:

Is there a motherboard, suitable for Mojave or Catalina, with 10 or more SATA ports that you would recommend? I need the RAID arrays for my work.


The Graphic Card should stay: AMD RADEON VII 16GB
The RAM should stay if possible Micron DDR4 SODIMM (4 x 8GB 2133MHz)
I will decide on the Processors based on the motherboard (currently Intel i7 5820K 3.30GHz Processors but don't need to be compatible)
If it has a USB-C connector is a plus, but not a must.
I currently use a MSI X99A Sli Plus but it is very problematic and unstable.
The thing I will value the most for my new build will be STABILITY!
Thanks,
 

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Hi all,
First time I write, although I have been a follower of this forum for a few months already. Thanks to all the advice here so far.
Sorry if this question is repeated, I have searched but found it nowhere answered. Also the buyer's guide didn't help me on that:

Is there a motherboard, suitable for Mojave or Catalina, with 10 or more SATA ports that you would recommend? I need the RAID arrays for my work.

The Graphic Card should stay: AMD RADEON VII 16GB
The RAM should stay if possible Micron DDR4 SODIMM (4 x 8GB 2133MHz)
I will decide on the Processors based on the motherboard (currently Intel i7 5820K 3.30GHz Processors but don't need to be compatible)
If it has a USB-C connector is a plus, but not a must.
I currently use a MSI X99A Sli Plus but it is very problematic and unstable.
The thing I will value the most for my new build will be STABILITY!
Thanks,

You are aware yourself that X99 motherboards like yours do have 10 SATA ports from the chipset.

However, current motherboards have shifted towards M.2 devices as main storage devices because of the speed improvement, and most if not all mainstream motherboards I am aware of have a maximum of 8 SATA ports only, and you may not even be able to use all of them if you have one or more M.2 SSDs on the motherboard.

There are a few current motherboards I know of that has 10 SATA ports :
(1) ASRock X299 Taichi :
(2) Gigabyte W480 Vision W : (A Server motherboards supporting Xeon CPUs)
(3) ASRock X299 Taichi CLX :
 
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You are aware yourself that X99 motherboards like yours do have 10 SATA ports from the chipset.

However, current motherboards have shifted towards M.2 devices as main storage devices because of the speed improvement, and most if not all mainstream motherboards I am aware of have a maximum of 8 SATA slots only, and you may not even be able to use all of them if you have one or more M.2 SSDs on the motherboard.

There are a few current motherboards I know of that has 10 SATA ports :
(1) ASRock X299 Taichi :
(2) Gigabyte W480 Vision W : (A Server motherboards supporting Xeon CPUs)
(3) ASRock X299 Taichi CLX :

Thank you so much @Jamesbond007 for the reply (and for the clarification about the M.2 nvme).
I was considering for a while the ASRock X299 Taichi, but then I checked, and none of these Motherboards are in the Buyer's Advice. And since my main concern is STABILITY I decided to get rid of one of my Raids, and stick with a (hopefully) much more standard build with a motherboard with 6 SATA ports.

What do you think about:


Motherboard GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO
PROCESSOR> INTEL Core i9 9900K Coffee Lake
PSU Corsair RM1000i 1000W​
RAM 16X4 (64gb) G. SKILL RIPJAWS3600​
CAGE Corsair Carbide Series 100R ATX SILENT​
Already Owned:​
Graphics: AMD RADEON VII 16GB​
PCI-E: BlackMagic Design Decklink Studio2 HDMI SDI outputs ( plus 3 screens)​
12TB Raid 0 (3x 4TB Seagate Barracuda SATA HDD Disks)​
12TB Backup SATA HDD Disk​

 

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Thank you so much @Jamesbond007 for the reply (and for the clarification about the M.2 nvme).

I was considering for a while the ASRock X299 Taichi, but then I checked, and none of these Motherboards are in the Buyer's Advice. And since my main concern is STABILITY I decided to get rid of one of my Raids, and stick with a (hopefully) much more standard build with a motherboard with 6 SATA ports.

What do you think about:

Motherboard GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO
PROCESSOR> INTEL Core i9 9900K Coffee Lake
PSU Corsair RM1000i 1000W​
RAM 16X4 (64gb) G. SKILL RIPJAWS3600​
CAGE Corsair Carbide Series 100R ATX SILENT​
Already Owned:​
Graphics: AMD RADEON VII 16GB​
PCI-E: BlackMagic Design Decklink Studio2 HDMI SDI outputs ( plus 3 screens)​
12TB Raid 0 (3x 4TB Seagate Barracuda SATA HDD Disks)​
12TB Backup SATA HDD Disk​

This build together with the Radeon VII you have should be compatible with MacOS Mojave, Catalina and the upcoming Big Sur.

Note that the motherboard has 2 M.2 slots, M2A and M2M. If you plan to use a M.2 NVMe SSD, then put it into the M2A slot and you will still have use of all 6 SATA ports. Using the M2M slot will deactivate 2 SATA ports.
 
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This build together with the Radeon VII you have should be compatible with MacOS Mojave, Catalina and the upcoming Big Sur.

Note that the motherboard has 2 M.2 slots, M2A and M2M. If you plan to use a M.2 NVMe SSD, then put it into the M2A slot and you will still have use of all 6 SATA ports. Using the M2M slot will deactivate 2 SATA ports.

Great advice, thanks. Does this mean that if I want to make use of the 6 SATA ports + the M2A slot, the other M2M slot is basically useless for me?
 

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Great advice, thanks. Does this mean that if I want to make use of the 6 SATA ports + the M2A slot, the other M2M slot is basically useless for me?

Yes, you have no choice in this matter if you use this motherboard and want to use all 6 SATA ports.
 
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Yes, you have no choice in this matter if you use this motherboard and want to use all 6 SATA ports.
Do you think that it makes any difference for estability of the whole system whether the RAM is G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 or 2x32GB?
 

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Do you think that it makes any difference for estability of the whole system whether the RAM is G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 or 2x32GB?
I have not used 32GB RAM sticks anywhere yet so I can't comment on its stability. But my hackintosh systems (except the fourth) all use 16GB DDR4 RAM sticks and have no stability issues.

Personally I only use DDR4 2666 / 2400 and they have worked well for me. If you don't have a specific need to use high speed RAM I think you can consider getting slower RAM and save some money.
 
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Thank you @Jamesbond007 after a quick installation, my computer is working perfectly on Mojave!
 
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