When you want the most in storage and data acquisition, the AGS-NetPAC has your back with 16 removable 2.5″ drive bays. This system has the RAID controllers and gigabit ports to handle the most demanding workloads. With Samsungs fabled 30TB 2.5″ SSD (that’s not for sale), the AGS-NetPAC could storage 480TB. Set a reminder to look at this article in 5 years when there are 500TB SSDs.
A More Practical Storage Goal
Getting back to reality, the AGS-MRPC is the sensible, entry level approach to portable computers that covers a broad range of applications. The micro-ATX motherboard’s 4x PCI slots and the chassis’ 2x 5.25″ external bays enable customization for military connectors, communication ports, and proprietary cards.
Let’s see how much storage we can obtain if we forget budget, wiring and we dedicated every port, slot, and screw to storage.
Standard Available Slots:
- 2x 5.25″ external bays
- 1x 2.5″ internal slot (typically for OS drive)
- 4x PCIe slots (varying sizes)
- 1x M.2 slots (motherboard dependent)
The external 5.25″ bays can be converted to 4x 2.5″ removable drive bays. Along with the internal slot, that’s 9x 2.5″ drives. The largest commercially available 2.5″ SSD is 4TB. Subtotal 36TB.
All 4x PCIe slots can fit 800GB PCIe x4 SSDs. Subtotal 3.2TB.
Many motherboards have a single M.2 slot. 2TB is the best available at this time. Subtotal 2TB.
Grand Total = 41.2TB in an AGS-MRPC with a Micro-ATX motherboard
This configuration is almost possible. There is only one micro-ATX motherboard that has 10x SATA ports, 1x M.2 slots, and 3x PCIe slots. The ASRock Fata1ty X99M Killer. No other micro-ATX motherboard on the market has 10x SATA ports. We would lose 800GB from one less PCIe slot bringing our new Grand Total to 40.4TB. Maybe this motherboard was meant for something like this…
If you have a configuration you’d like to explore with us, let us know in the comments or send us a request.