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Intel X99 motherboards and VT-D options

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Hi,

I am thinking of buying a X99 motherboard that I can
use for Vmware Workstation.

The two brands that I am thinking of are ASUS and GigaByte.

I have been looking into the Virtualization and plan on
running VMWare Workstation 11.  So virtualize windows Server 2012,
Windows 8.1 etc. Plus VMWare ESXi.

So I think for the last one I need Vt-d.

Now I have notice the the ASUS MB's have a few more options for
VTD like:

Vtd Azalea VCp optimizations.
Interrupt Remapping
Coherency Support (Non-ISoch)
Coherency Support (ISoch)

However the GigaByte board only allows me to turn VT-d on and off.

So since I can't control these options would they be on by default
on the GigaByte, is there anything 'Disadvantage' I have not being
able to control them? (Or is all this a bit of a non-issue ?)

Thanks,

Ward.
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Question by:whorsfall
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If I had this choice the Asus is a much better performing board than Gigabit.

But check network interface and storage controller are compatible if using for ESXi bare metal.

Its a non issue providing they have Intel VT support.

ESXi runs best on bare metal but can be run under VMware Workstation
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by:whorsfall
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hi,

Thanks for your response. hi, i am curious where did u read they were faster. interested in getting more info.

also you non issue if they have intel vt support, is that because these options are on already can you elaborate a bit.

and i would be running esxi inside vmware workstation.

thanks,

ward
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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If using VMware Workstation no issues its a Window or Linux app it just requires Intel VT

As for performance hardware reviews on the Net ASUS are preferred by Overclockers

But both are suitable
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