Newest motherboards compatible with ESXi and sockets 1366 & 1156?

Hi,


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.

http://ultimatewhitebox.com/motherboard
http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php

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)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I do know that the following have been tested successfully

ASUS Z8PE-D12X.
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.
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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Unfortunately the White Box HCL sites are out of date, and don't list specific details for VMware vSphere HypervisorTM the new name for ESXi.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor/index.html

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 - http://goo.gl/YwWF9

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.
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IT79637Author Commented:
Thanks for your input.  I'll take a look at the boards.
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