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Can I use any PCIe SATA expansion card to add more storage ports in FreeNAS

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I'm having a hard time finding a micro ATX motherboard with support for ECC memory and at least 8 SATA ports, so I was thinking on getting an expansion card to increase the number of hard drive ports. However, I don't know if FreeNAS has any issues with most PCIe expansion cards.

Can I just add an expansion card to increase the number of hard drive on FreeNAS?

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The usual recommendation is an older LSI SAS card with IT firmware.
Yeap ... with a cable ... the type of cable will depend on what chassis the server was built on ... if a regular desktop case, without backplane, etc, a breakout cable would be what he needs, but again ... @mhweb please provide server specs, including chassis, so the folks here can provide better directions.
 

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Any specific reason for needing 14000 passmark points in a NAS? Some things will be single threaded and then you are down to 2000
 
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@garm This will be my first NAS build that will no only be to store data but also to use Plex for video streaming in house, and planning to stream 1080p as well as (in the future) 4K. Running a cumple VMs are a possibility too. And I need something small and compact and silent as possible.

Do you have a better hardware suggestion? If I can change the hardware, it will be great.
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Regardng Plex playback, whether or not you need to transcode will depend on your playback devices. If you use 4K compatible Roku's or Apple TV's or Smart TV's that can decode FullHD or 4K streams, then you will be able to Direct Stream most of the time - which will reduce CPU requirements.

Some knowledge of video formats would be helpful. Check the Plex forums for more information about this.
 
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