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Pros: Plenty of memory slots, seems stable
Cons: Now a new problem has risen. After you finally get vSphere installed, the IPMI starts screwing up. First I show a temp of 41 degrees on one processor, 43 degrees on the second. Within 30 minutes the temp starts screwing up and both cpu's start showing 94 degrees in vCenter or just by checking in the vSphere Client. Resetting the sensors in vSphere does nothing. You literally have to shut the server down to fix the problem. When you go into the BIOS you will see there is nothing wrong, the temp is right there at the 40 celcius range.
This is still not enough to make me pack it up and send it back, but rather annoying because I really would like to know if the CPU was overheating. I can still monitor the fan speeds but I cannot really trust the IPMI at this point.
Pros: hugog - I can confirm I do have VT-D passthru working with this board.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Now resolved
Other Thoughts: Okay I have resolved the problem, so now going to rate it higher. No one says this but you have to do a custom install of vSphere 5.1, in the command line you have to change runweasel to this.
If you do that, it will boot after you install ESXi 5.1, ASRock needs to take notice of this.