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Xeon E3 vs i7 for ESXi v5.5+

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I am getting ready to upgrade my existing ESXi host and am having trouble deciding between a Xeon E3-1231v3 processor or an i7-4790. They are both quad core w/hyper thread which should show 8 vCPUs in ESXi, but from what I can find online, the i7 is quite a bit faster. Would this be a better choice over the Xeon? I'm cool w/$250 but probably wouldn't want to go too much over that if I can avoid it. (diminishing returns)

This is a home lab ESXi config that runs stuff for school and testing for work, but I still want the best solution for the money, not necessarily the most expensive.

What do you guys think is better for an ESXi box, the Xeon or the i7? I also looked into an AMD FX-8350 but they paled in comparison to both the Xeon and i7, even w/8 cores.

I also have an opportunity to purchase a full pre-owned Asus CM6870 for $400 with an i7-3770 and 32GB RAM. Should I just go this route and not worry about either the Xeon or the 4790? I don't think I would pay $400, I'd try to get it for less if he is negotiable but I can't find too much online about this system other than its a "meh" entry level gaming system.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!

Joe
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Philip Elder

8/22/2022 - Mon
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JoeBarbone

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Thanks for the responses. I wound up getting the ASUS i7-3770 system with 32GB RAM. I loaded HyperV on it last night but it seems to be quite a bit slower than ESXi on a lower system. The ASUS has an i7-3770 with 32GB RAM and the existing ESXi server is an i5-2400 with only 16GB RAM, however, Server 2012 R2 seems to run better on the ESXi platform.

Thanks again for your input.

By the way, Philip, this is a home lab system. All of my production boxes all run ECC.

Take care,

Joe
Philip Elder

I suggest having a look at eBay for C1100 or C6100 series Dell servers for your lab setups. They are cheap like borscht. :D
JoeBarbone

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Yeah I know, I found a older dual Xeon w/64GB RAM and 6 1TB drives for $400, perfect for what I need but the older rack mount servers drink power and are way to noisy to leave on 24/7 in my house. But, having said that, there are some great deals out there.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Great Deals, if you own your own Electricity Plant, Wind Turbine, or Solar Plant!

try without the GUI, e.g. Core only.
JoeBarbone

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Lol, exactly :-)

Probably not a bad idea, I'll give it a try and see how well I do "blind" (no GUI).

Thanks again!
Philip Elder

2012 R2 allows for a full Core or MinShell install via PowerShell. That's how we set up all of our standalone and clustered Hyper-V servers.

For the money, the servers would be up for a few hours or three? All of them should have iDRAC installed so remotely powering them up and then shutting them down when done is feasible. This is how our own lab was set up when we started our company. Start them up when needed then power them down.
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