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"1 additional SATA 1.5 Gb/s compatible port is needed." Not sure what this means.

Urano_Metria

21 months ago

I'm about to build my PC tomorrow, but my parts list is showing an incompatibility and/or potential problem. Googling turns up absolutely no answers, just recursive search results mainly leading back to myself, since I have asked this before.


Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor Purchased For $373.43
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $119.32
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Taichi ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $235.39
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Purchased For $187.24
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Purchased For $203.29
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Purchased For $209.84
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Purchased For $267.49
Storage Toshiba - X300 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $120.90
Storage Toshiba - X300 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $189.39
Storage Toshiba - X300 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $189.39
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card Purchased For $593.58
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $106.99
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $192.59
Optical Drive LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $47.62
Sound Card Asus - Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card Purchased For $42.15
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan Purchased For $29.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3258.07
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-09 18:03 EDT-0400

1 additional SATA 1.5 Gb/s compatible port is needed.


I cannot figure out what this might be referring to. I've looked through the manuals of my various parts and turned up nothing that should be a problem, and I've even gotten second opinions here and on reddit, but thus far nobody has been able to address what this specific incompatibility might be referring to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You have too many hard drives and not enough SATA ports to plug them in. Your M.2(s) disable some of the available ports on your motherboard, bring you down to not enough for your hard drives.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what the warning shows, but if you dig deeper that will not be the case. The M2_3 slot only shares SATA lanes. If you plug an NVMe type device into it (Which I am with my 970 Pro), it does not disable any SATA ports. The other drive (960 EVO) will disable 2 SATA ports, bringing me to 4 intel ports to use, as well as the 2 ASMEDIA ports which are also untouched, bringing me to 6 total usable ports, with 4 of them being first-party.

As far as I can tell, I am correct and PCPP is wrong. I've flagged the incompatibility as incorrect for the PCPP team to look into, but I just want to make sure I am not wrong.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you see that the M.2 #3 port doesn't disable your SATA Ports?

The motherboards manual says "If M2_3 is occupied [...] SATA3_3 will be disabled.

Oh, I see, you are saying that because it says it will be disabled if it's occupied by a SATA device, and being as your drives are NVMe it shouldn't matter

Quite honestly, I think that is just poor word choice by the manufacturer, I think it is going to be disabled if you plug your NVMe into it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, a SATA port is an interface for storage devices so it's warning you that the motherboard may not have enough SATA ports to accept all those storage devices. Some motherboards disable certain SATA ports when M.2 devices are used. That specific motherboard disables 2 SATA ports per M.2 device installed, so you only have access to 4 SATA ports once those M.2 drives are installed. I think the warning may be wrong since you only have 3 SATA drives and you have 4 SATA ports. There shouldn't be a problem unless I'm missing something.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

There shouldn't be a problem unless I'm missing something.

That's basically as far as I have gotten as well. I also have a SATA optical drive, but that only brings me to 4 devices plugged into the SATA ports. On top of that, my M.2 drives are NVMe, not SATA. The M2_3 slot only disables 1 SATA port, and only if a SATA M.2 drive is connected. My NVMe drive will not disable any SATA ports when plugged into M2_3. My 960 EVO will disable 2 SATA ports when plugged into either M2_1 or M2_2, but that should still leave me with 6 usable SATA ports if I include the ASMEDIA ports.

I realize I maybe shouldn't have posted this thread if I am so convinced everything is fine, but it's just as you said, there shouldn't be a problem unless I'm missing something. If I am missing something, I really want to get to the bottom of it. I realize the PCPP compatibility checks aren't the end-all-be-all of PC building, so perhaps I have simply blown things out of proportion by leaning on it for reliability.

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