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 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 
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I have same setup as above but with :

NIC: Intel PRO CT Gigabit Adapter ( pci express )
ESXi: 4.1.0 (260247)

Installs fine and runs without a hitch.


Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:56 am
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mtbf wrote:
I have same setup as above but with :

NIC: Intel PRO CT Gigabit Adapter ( pci express )
ESXi: 4.1.0 (260247)

Installs fine and runs without a hitch.


I'm thinking of getting this mb as well, but now I'm wondering which memory are you all using? 1333 or anything else? As I'm thinking of getting 1600.

Thanks in advance.


Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:56 pm
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studnia wrote:
Working whitebox:

motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
nic: Intel Pro/1000 GT
cpu: Intel i7 930
ESXi version: ESXi 4.0 Update 1 (ESXi 4.0.0 build 208167)
Disk: Sata 2 disk -> connected to sata2 port controlled by intel ich10r chip
Sata mode: AHCI -> ich sata control mode = ahci in bios -> integrated peripherals
virtualization technology: enabled in bios -> advanced cpu features

VT-d: DOESN'T WORK (BIOS version: F5): "Host does not support passthrough configuration"

I didn't test it long. I just install ESXi on it. I will test it more. Any problems will be posted.

Thanks for Dave.Mishchenko (vm-help.com forum) and PiLsY (XtremeSystems forum) for their help and suggestions.

ESXi can be boot from pendrive too. I installed (choosed pendrive as a destination) and boot ESXi from 1GB pendrive without problems/errors)


There's two revisions of this board (Rev 1.0 and Rev 2.0)http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=0&p=2&v=1. Please can people with this board confirm which revision they have and whether or not revision 2.0 is compatible with ESXi 4.0/4.1?

I don't know how long the second revision was released after the first. I have read that the VRM's have been redesigned and rev 2.0 has a 12-phase power circuit for the CPU whereas the former uses a 8-phase circuit.

**Just for the record, I've found out now that both boards are near enough the same. The only difference I found is that Rev 1.0 has a RTL8111D LAN and Rev 2.0 has RTL8111E LAN chip. Rev 2.0 also has an extra unique feature which provides support for ON/OFF Charge (upto 3 times faster charge for Apple products i.e. iPhone, iPod, iPad etc)

Can people still confirm which working revision number they have?**

Many thanks in advance


Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:46 pm
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Hi ,

I can be fix with (core i5, ram 6G) for esxi 4.0??

Thanks


Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:44 am
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hi!

Probably arrived late here but anyway.
I can confirm I have the revision 2.0 of this board and that passthrough (Intel VT-d) does not work.
I also had to use a custom driver 8168 found in these forums for the onboard Realtek card.
It will work but not so stable, not recommended to actual host vms using this lan card.
I have order an intel 1000/GT and I'm going to use this one.
Hopefully it will be ok!


Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:37 am
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I chose the ASUS P6X58D-E board in the end. It was similarly priced and, from reading review articles on the net, is better for overclocking as it has a stronger power phase.

I'm yet to build my whitebox, however. I'm buying the components in bits and still need a new case, a PSU, 12 gigs of Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 (3 x 4GB). This way, should I need to, I'll be able to add a further 12GB as there are 6 DIMM slots and the board supports a maximum capacity of 24GB. I also need an internal storage device or two for the datastores (ideally SSD for super fast VM boot/load/access times etc) and propose to resolve my data headache by introducing a SAN/NAS solution - either QNAP or Synology, probably a QNAP 259 Pro+ NAS with a couple of 2TB drives. I will be using my Intel Core i7-950 CPU.


Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:56 am
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Did you test VMDirectPath with the ASUS P6X58D-E ?
Is it working?


Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:30 am
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Is there a certain configuration for the BIOS?

I'm getting the following errors:

Code:
[       0.000000] ELCR contains invalid data... no using ELCR


Kernel alive
kernel mapping tables up to 320000000 @ 8000-16000


Thank you!


Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:57 pm
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No, I haven't even taken the board out of its box yet! I will test as soon as I purchase the remaining components.

To my knowledge, VMDP allows upto two PCI/PCIe devices in the host to be made available and connected to VMs. Is this true?


Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:22 pm
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ridiculous1000 wrote:
No, I haven't even taken the board out of its box yet! I will test as soon as I purchase the remaining components.

To my knowledge, VMDP allows upto two PCI/PCIe devices in the host to be made available and connected to VMs. Is this true?


Reading the tech specs of my Intel i7-950 CPU, it seems that VT-d isn't supported. I could be wrong though.


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