Connectors and I/O
Overall, there is on this board just two SATA ports that are attached to the bottom board. There are also three SAS headers that provide up to twelve additional ports available. The SAS ports are provided on an LSI controller, who was tied with eight lanes
to the chipset. This gives enough bandwidth available, so that high-performance RAID array can be
set up. On this motherboard you will find two full PCIe x16 slots spaced by one
slot to mount a dual graphics card setup for computing. Further, there are two PCI Express x8 ports and one PCI Express x4 expansion slot.
For the PCI Express x16 slots as well as in the x8 slots Gigabyte releases by this server board PCI Express Gen 3. Also useful are the two PCI Express x8 ports that provide more than enough bandwidth, so even the latest high-end SSDs in these slots can
Totally you'll find
three fan headers on the Gigabyte GA-7PESH1 which is more than enough for a
workstation motherboard because usually workstation fans are directly connected
to the power supply. Anyway you will find one cpu0_fan as well as one cpu1_fan
located not far at the right of each cpu's power design and a sys_fan located
next to the LSI SAS Controller.
Looking at the external connectors directly
at the back-panel, Gigabyte
equipped their worksation motherboard with four USB2.0 ports, no less than three
Ethernet LAN ports, a COM connector and of course the video out (VGA) for the
ASPEED integrated graphic chip AST2300.
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