SATA plugs on motherboards?
By Greg Schulz
Some servers are also starting to appear with serial attached SCSI (SAS) ports that can also be used for attachment of SATA storage devices. Some newer servers are sporting PCI-Express native adapter's slots eliminating PCI or PCI-X to PCI-Express bridging enabling better performance.
If your server does not have a SATA I/O port or if you need additional ports, then you could install a PCI or PCI-X SATA port to your system. However, for backwards compatibility with IDE/ATA, you would need an IDE/ATA port.
01 Aug 2006