Gigabyte EG41MF-US2H running ESXi 4.0 with Intel Pro 1000GT
Recently build a generic whitebox system in a small form factor case with a small 300w supply; built to replace failed Shuttle K45 system. This is a micro-ATX board with a G41 chipset. I have built this to run 24/7 with as little power utilization as possible; couldn’t easily obtain very low power hardware at a reasonable price so I stuck with this form factor.
Server MB: Gigabyte EG41MF-US2H micro-ATX chipset; supports 8gig of DDR-2 ram (according to spec sheet) and has 4 sockets. Board is small and has two PCI sockets and 1 PCI-E socket. Gigabyte claim solid capacitors to run 50,000 hours and “ultra power efficient” design, not sure if that will be useful without windows drivers and core windows OS installed though as it may rely on 3rd party software. Specifications are at http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Mot ... G41MF-US2H
Server NIC: Added Intel Pro 1000GT NIC
Onboard NIC: didn’t attempt to get it working however I believe it can be made to work; chipset is Realtek 8111C/D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Chipset: Intel G41
Disk controller: Intel ICH7 (standard configuration, no RAID option utilized in my config)
BIOS: standard shipped version (F2)
Socket type: Socket 775
CPU used: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300
HDD configuration: 2 drives - Western Digital Green 1tb 5400rpm drive and Western Digital Green 500g drive, both in standard plug’n’go config (no JBOD or any other configurations); all on standard ICH7 SATA controller ports.
RAM: Running Strontium DDR-2 sticks (2 sticks of DDR-2 800).
Changes required to make the system operate: The only concession I made was to use the Intel Pro/1000GT; everything else seems to have worked out of the box however I do notice a rather long lag pause during the boot cycle on the IDE module load cycle (I’m new to ESXi 4.0 so I don’t know if this is normal). I am running a basic CD-Rom drive on PATA for installation only.
Does the MB support Intel VT (vt-x) / AMD-V: Unknown
Does it support vt-d (directed I/O) / AMD IOMMU: Unknown
Have been running this only a few days but it seems to work well – have a bit of room to upgrade PCU and ram and add more volumes should the need arise.
300w supply only had a 20pin primary power connector however I can use this in the 24pin connector without issue, the last 4 pins go unused. The case in use is a low profile vertical unit that I already had, airflow isn’t the best but it’s adequate for use; internal temperatures are ok, added PCI socket extractor fan (Antec) for additional venting.
Running on Eton 600va UPS, trying to work out how to make UPS’s USB connection work with ESXi 4.0.