rcflyer2005
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What inexpensive motherboards socket 1366 are compatible with ESXi 4.0 & 4.1?

What inexpensive motherboards socket 1366 are compatible with ESXi 4.0 & 4.1?

I've found the following motherboards at ultimatewhitebox.com.  I would really like to find a motherboard that is less expensive than what is shown below!

       Motherboard                            ESXi Ver.                    Issues                                          Approx Cost

    * ASUS P6T Deluxe / Deluxe R2   4.0                Onboard SAS &n NIC not working                $250
    * ASUS P6T WS Professional      3.5i                Requires modified oem.tgz                          $276
    * ASUS Rampage III Extreme       4.0                 Onboard SATA & NIC working!                    $300
    * ASUS Sabertooth X58               4.0                 Onboard SATA wroking, NIC not working      $200
    * SuperMicro X8ST                      3.5, 3.5i, 4.0   Onboard SATA & NIC working                     $250
    * GA-EX58-DS4                          3.5i                 Onboard SATA working, NIC not working
    * GA-EX58-UDR3                        3.5i,4.0           Onboard SATA working, NIC not working      $190 on sale
    * Pavilion Elite m9600t                3.5i,4.0           Onboard NIC is recognized as a 82567V-2 Adapter. ich10r RAID 1 not seen but drives are visible.

I've looked at tyan, but they are server motherboards. Can someone recommend some "off the retail shelf " socket 1366 boards that do not have any issues, except the NIC does not work?

Thanks much!

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DSTAVERT
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The motherboards themselves are very seldom the issue. It is almost always the embedded components and the vast majority of issues are NIC. I would say that you can use almost any MB but be prepared to add NICs and potentially a disk controller. Also have a look at vm-help.com

-- David -- VMware Communities Moderator
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