Newest motherboards compatible with ESXi and sockets 1366 & 1156?


I'm using ESXi for home use.  I'm looking for a motherboard for Intel i7 CPUs using sockets 1156 or 1366.  The following two sites list working boards, but many require tweaking the ICHxx controller fro the two sockets.

There are not very many motherboards with 1156 and 1366 sockets listed on the above sites.   Purchasing a complete system is not an option.

What motherboards are you using for 1156 & 1366 sockets that do not require tweaking ICHxx?  I'm understand I'll have to install an Intel NIC.

Thanks much!!!

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I do know that the following have been tested successfully

ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500
ASUS Z8PE-D12X(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520
Asus MN2-SLI Deluxe and a AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core
Some Tyan motherboards.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Unfortunately the White Box HCL sites are out of date, and don't list specific details for VMware vSphere HypervisorTM the new name for ESXi.

Big gotchas when trying to install ESXi 4.1 on home brew, white box equipment are:-

1. Storage Controller
2. Network Interface card
3. Intel VT or AMD-V enabled.

The above causes many discussions on EE, your Processor, Motherboard and BIOS MUST ALL support Intel VT or AMD-V.

Select a storage controller and network interface that are on the VMware HCL

HCL link -

Rather than build and roll your own server, it is often cheaper to acquire an entry level Dell or HP server, or purchase used/refurbished equipment from Ebay, e.g. DL385 or DL585, that support ESXi, and 64 bit VMs.
IT79637Author Commented:
Thanks for your input.  I'll take a look at the boards.
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