Officialy this hardware need have compatibility with this version, you can check here www.vmware.com/go/hcl/
but this hardware might dont have compatiblity, too have this site with list of hardware tested by users, non-official compatibility ultimatewhitebox.com/
I Downloaded and installed esxi 5.0 u1 and it seemed to take care of my problem thank you all!!
I am just being curious - did you get it all to work? Which LAN adapter did you use in the end?
I installed two PCI gigbyte intel NICs. I could not get teh onboard NICs to work.
But in general ESXi 5.0 is working on the gigabyte board? Or any other hickups apart from LAN (which I expected anyway..)
Yes out side of the NICs I dont see any other problems so far. Before upgrading to 5.0 U1 It did not see the storage controller but after I installed using U1 everything went smooth.
I have the same board and ran into the same issues as you did, esxi 5u also sorted out my initial issue...
but now i have another one....
everything worked well, i created vms in my esx just fine.
i have 1 nic card connected 1 tb hard drive and i7 3,4ghz processor 8 gb ram.
then i added another 8gb and paired it properly on the board... ios picks up 16 gb and esx sees 16gb to.
but it seems like whenever i startup vm's that go over 8gb... after 20 mins or so my esx crashes.
I loose connection to the server... and when i check the monitor of the server it just has these horizontal lines running through it...
i have to reset the server to get everything working again...
just wondering if you experienced anything like this?
esxi up to ver 6.0 will run on this board (GA-Z77-DS3M), with the atl1 driver added, fails in uefi mode to detect the ethernet. (probe failed)