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5 out of 5 eggs Great ESXi VT-d Platform 12/13/2013

This review is from: ASUS P9D-M Micro ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros:

Class-Exclusive PCI arrangement. Jumpers everywhere for the control freak. ECC support. Nice mATX form factor.

Working VT-d, so ESXi 5.5 is set up right. The assured reliability of ECC makes this a dead stable virtualization platform for light use and little resource contention. Much cheaper than a 1P or 2P E5 setup.

Cons:

Long boots, but that is expected with server boards. Did not work with PERC H310 until the pins B5 and B6 were covered with electrical tape because of a well documented bug with Intel's SM Bus since LGA 1366.

Dual channel memory bandwidth leaves something to be desired compared to LGA 2011.

Other Thoughts:

Used a few spare parts lying around to make a compact, yet speedy virtualization server, and even a virtualized "desktop" with the GPU and USB passthrough.

Intel Xeon E3 1240 V3
Asus P9D-M
Kingston KVR16E11K4/32 (32GB)
PERC H310, Low Profile
Sapphire HD 7750, Low Profile, PCIe Passthrough
Buffalo PCIe USB 3.0, Low Profile, PCIe Passthrough
Intel E10G42BTDA Fiber GBIC, Low Profile
x4 Crucial M4 256GB RAID 10 with 750GB 2.5" backup
Seasonic 360W G Series
Silverstone Milo ML03B

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