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Motherboard which supports large memory and VMWare

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Dear all experts,

I'm going to setup a powerful PC which is using to run VMWare or HyperV, this machine can use at least 32 GB memory (Without ECC), is there any recommendation on this machine?

This machine can be running on 32GB without problem.   Last time I bought a machine which supports up to 8GB RAM, when I use 8GB RAM, it always hang no matter I use which brand of memory modules.
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by:IanTh
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you need to look for a server motherboard

I bought a intel 5520 motherboard off ebay for one of my whiteboxes that will take I think 96gb

2 xeons too get the right xeon and you will get 16 virtual cores (quad core with hyperthreading)
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oh iand it supports vmwar passthrough ussing intel vt-x in the bios by the way
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Hi IanTh,

Thanks for your quick reply, which memory module you are using?
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any desktop ddr3 will do

i bought some non ecc off ebay (16gb)
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you might be better getting ecc though it should not cost much more
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We have purchased these to provide "desktop test stations for ESXi 5.0 and VM Direct Path"

http://www.evga.com/articles/00537/

Supports Intel® Xeon® Dual QPI Socket 1366 Processors Intel® 5520 Chipset

12 DIMM Triple-Channel DDR3 1333MHz+ (up to 48GB)
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If you really want to go with unbuffered RAM, I'd go with this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

... this memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233232

... and this CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

That would be a VERY powerful system and would run VMWare quite nicely.


If you want even more power, use a Socket 2011 board and an i7-3930K  [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492 ]
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just be carefull most desktop boards dont offer proper virtual settings in the bios its not always a bios option for a desktop board although I have seen it on most i7 motherboards

the other problem on desktop motherboards is the nic is not compatible but its an easy fix if you have a spare pci-e slot and get a supported nic like intel
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but that motherboard is over £400 and getting an intel 5200 of ebay will save about £100 mine was just over £200 glad I got it when I did as they are £350 - £375
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secondhand or used with no warranty from eBay at 375, new with Warranty from EVGA.

I think Ill pay the extra 25, 48GB RAM as well, and many PCI ports for nics!
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