4K video editors and data moguls can now rejoice! Thanks to two onboard LSI SAS chipsets, the upcoming ASRock Z87 Extreme 11 motherboard natively supports up to an unprecedented 22 SAS/SATA devices attached to the system, which should make quite the storage powerhouse.
The storage subsystem is made up of a LSI SAS3008 + 3 x 24R controller (which enables 16 ports), on top of the six 6Gb/s ports wired from the Z87 Lynx Point PCH. The ASRock Z87 Extreme 11 also comes with Intel Thunderbolt and 4 PCIe x16 slots (via a PLX 8747 switch), so you could probably hook up even more external storage or add SAS/SATA controllers.
Over at ASRock’s Nangang booth at Computex, the company hooked up 22 Plextor SSDs and put them in a RAID-0 array to show off the massive I/O capabilities available in such a setup. Alternatively, one could use 22 4tB drives to make a huge 88tB datastore.