The SAS/SATA cables included with some Intel® Server Boards or Chassis may be used for direct cabling to SATA drives or to connect to SAS or SATA backplanes. These cables are not intended for connecting directly from the server board to a SAS drive.
While both SATA and SAS share the same cabling, the connectors on SAS drives are keyed so that SAS drives cannot easily be cabled to SATA only ports. Cables for direct connection (usually providing both power and data in a single cable) are not provided by Intel.
This applies to: