New system using GA-790GP-UD4H + Phenom II 940
Built a new system using a Gigabyte GA-790GP-UD4H incombination with a AMD Phenom II 940 using 8GB of RAM.
- server / MB / NIC / controller make and model : Self Built, GA-790GP-UD4H, 2xIntel PRO/1000 PT+1xIntel PRO/1000 GT
- chipset : AMD 790GX+SB750
- CPU socket and type used : AM2+ with AMD Phenom II 940 (overclocked to 3.6 Ghz)
- Memory : 8GB DDR-2 800
- BIOS / firmware versions : Mobo=F2H, Adaptec + LSI =Newest version available.
- are the onboard NIC / storage controller working : 1xAdaptec 3805, 1xDell Perc 5/i (LSI bios) did not test onboard controllers.
- any changes required to enable ESX/ESXi to recognize hardware components : None used. All onboard devices disabled, used USB DVD-Rom drive, unable to make it run from USB-stick.
- does the storage controller support RAID / battery backup for write cache : Using multiple RAID's and single disks, all with write-back cache, no battery backup unit. It is a home server.
- does the MB support Intel VT (vt-x) / AMD-V : Yes, AMD-V
- does it support vt-d (directed I/O) / AMD IOMMU : No clue, how do I check?
Further then that. I am using this system in a Antec Ninehunderd case, with that is a corsair 450HX power supply. The cpu is cooled by a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme AM2 cooler with the default fan.
There are 4xSamsumg Spinpoint 1TB disks and 4xSeagate 1.5TB disks in a combination of raids over the two cards. Just to mention, the Dell/LSI controller does not support mixed raids on a single disk where the adaptec does. Thus the LSI is used with 4 single disks and the adaptec uses several raid-5's for protection and speed. Most VM' s are run from these disks.
Currently, from the things I have done on the machine (48Hr stable so far) it is performing quite well and mostly memory and disk will be my bottleneck.