This was true with the IDE optical drives as well. One would not plug the optical drive into the same cable as the hard drive as the data bus would configure itself according to the slowest device on the cable and system data throughput/performance would take a huge hit.
While this may not be the case with SATA with regards to connected device speed, one still must consider the order of devices connected to the SATA controller. This is especially important if we are integrating a RAID setup via the on board RAID controller.
In the case of the DQ35JOE, one must also take careful note of the SATA connector order on the board itself. For whatever reason, the ports are not in an intuitive order.
Note the following:
They are as follows:
DQ35JOE SATA Port Order
- eSATA [port 3]
- SATA5 --- SATA1
- SATA4 --- SATA0
So, which port would be the one to connect a SATA optical drive into?
While there may be no actual convention in place, we would say the last SATA port in the connector set: SATA5.
We would populate SATA0 and SATA1 for a RAID1/0 setup or SATA0/1 and SATA 2/4 for a RAID 1/0 or RAID 5 setup.
Time and testing will reveal how the system will behave with the optical drive plugged into other ports, but while at the Intel Technical Solutions Training (TST) event last Friday, our Intel instructor, Eric, did indicate to us the people in other TST build sessions had troubles before they realized that they had the optical drive plugged into the "wrong" port or in the wrong order relative to the hard drive.
- Intel DQ35JOE Supported Processors via the Compatibility Tool
- Intel DQ35JOE System Memory - Configuration & Supported
- Intel DQ35JOE Technical Product Specification [pdf]
- Intel DQ35JOE Product Brief [pdf]
Why? Because it will save a bunch of time troubleshooting those "beep codes" or BIOS messages or server board "Error Light Conditions" or spontaneous system reboots or seemingly no action at all ... etc ... etc ... etc.
Remember, we cannot satisfy Intel's warranty validity requirements if the integration conditions laid out in the support materials are not followed.
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