I'm not sure about what you meant, BTW current PCIe SSDs usually use M.2 or PCIe 2.0 x4 interfaces
I am by no no means an expert: I am a self proclaimed moron.
That the current mobo is limited to 5 SATA drives, is a given.
From the limited research that I partook before this venture, I was convinced of one thing: SATA is a PITA for new SSDs.
The PCIe channels unused by non-gamers such as myself, are obvious squat territory. I suspect that this will be short-term camping however, before longer term accommodation is secured.
After all, the purpose of PCI and then PCIe is to cater for the "extra" - not just the additional, the unusual, the unexpected, but also the undreamed of: so having it overwhelmed by tedious (albeit silent) drives would be desirous for no-one. There will be extra SSD ports soon.
Back in the real world, is the Lenovo/IBM mobo as delightful? As expected - graphics and wifi problems. Any alternatives out there? I would love a mobo to do this right.
As to the exact Enermax model, Thunderbird has failed me - it was too long ago. Hopefully next week I'll get someone to take me upstairs and bring it down. It was very expensive and had dozens of cables. And was revolutionary - it claimed.
The trend from the replies that I've had so far seem to uphold my thesis: that high quality specced kit is holding its own longer than it did in the Moore days.
Buying locked in kit and expecting it to be expandable is foolish however. Nevertheless I might still give it a try. Thanks for all your replies and suggestions.