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Item#: N82E16813131154

ASUS P5M2/SAS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 775 Intel 3000 DDR2 667

  • LGA 775
  • Intel 3000 Intel 6702 PXH 64-bit PCI Hub
  • 4 x 240Pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Glenn B.
  • 3/24/2008 9:15:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value

Pros: I was very happy to see the other reviews listed here in ragards to VMWARE. Like others, I was looking to setup a good demo system for VMWARE as a White Box or essentially a beefed up PC build. VMware however has specific server hardware requirements that are needed, to do a standard clean load, without dealing config changes etc. This motherboard is the answer to that.

I had no issues at all with a strait load of ESX 3.5 when using the SAS Controller and standard sata hard drives. I configured 3 drives in a raid 1E before the ESX install and it was a strait forward as any HP/IBM VMWARE server install I have ever done. I loaded it with 8GB of inexpensive ram (A Data newegg number N82E16820211166). The 2 GB network cards were were detected and all loaded well. I used an IDE DVD for the install of ESX.

Cons: No cons for me as it was just what I was looking for and it installed and worked well.

Other Thoughts: I considered the price of the board a good value considering the mini-sas controller also came with cables sufficient to configure 8 hard drives.

The cables for the mini SAS (two of them provided) each split into 4 connectors that connect to SAS drives or SATA drives. The 4 connectors on the end of each cable, supply both power and data. There are two molex connectors that then split off the cable to plug power into, which feeds power to all 4 drives (so if your power supply does not have sata power connectors, no big deal). They are nice cables. I used an older 400W power supply and it has been fine.

I also used a core 2 quad processor (N82E16819115017) instead of the zeon. It has made a nice VMWARE box.

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  • Huy N.
  • 11/1/2007 7:20:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard for ESX!!!

Pros: This is one of the few "white box" motherboards that VMWare ESX will run on. ESX 3.0.1 installed (total of 10 VMs) and running for 2 weeks now, with no issues. Server specs are Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core, Kingston DDR2-667mhz. Disk configurations are (2) 160gb SATA II RAID 0 (COS + VMFS), (2) 320gb SATA II RAID 1 (VMFS). Remember that ESX will not install on a single SATA drive. You can attach SATA drives to the SAS controller, but a single SATA drive will not get recognized during install. This means you will need to configure at least a couple of SATA drives in a RAID configuration. Overall very satisfied with how well everything's running.

Cons: Motherboard is pricey, but then again it is a server class motherboard that works with ESX.

Other Thoughts: Yes it's pricey, but if your focus is a successful ESX install then this motherboard is the way to go. If you add all the individual components together it would easily surpass the price of the motherboard (SAS controller, gigabit Broadcom nics). Plus you need to keep compatibility in mind. One other thought is that you can go with the cheaper P5M2-M motherboard. But there's no SAS controller on the P5M2-M, so you'll need to find a SATA RAID controller that works with ESX (try the LSI Megaraid 150-6).

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  • Elizabeth C.
  • 6/10/2007 9:10:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVMWARE Compatiable

Pros: This is a Great Board. One of the few that supports (unofficially) Vmware ESX 3.0 +. Only the LSI Logic SAS will be detected though. Couple with a 2.4 Xeon Conroe and 8 gig of Kingston Ram, 4 36 gig Raptors in raid 1E and 4 400 gig Seagate NCQ Raid 1e drives and you have a ESX server that can run 8 virtual machines for less than $1700 with good performance.

Cons: Would like to see more than 2 PCI-X Slots.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line. Get this board if you want a non-production ESX test box for Cheap.

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