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Motherboard for Headless Mini-ITX Home Server?

Does anyone know of a mini-ITX LGA 1155 motherboard that will boot without a GPU (headless)?

I'm in the planning stages for a home server that will run multiple VM instances. I'm looking to use the Xeon E3-1230 V2, because it's the cheapest 8-thread CPU available.

I know the Intel DBS1200KPR Mini-ITX server motherboard will (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121743), but I have no need for ECC memory support, and I'd like to spend less than that on a motherboard for home use.

Are there any other options that anyone knows of?

Thanks!
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  1. Check out ASRock's regular desktop ITX motherboards. They support Xeons. For example, the H61MV-ITX is only $55 and lists your Xeon as supported.

    You may be able to adjust a setting in the BIOS to allow the motherboard to boot without a video card installed. With the money saved from going with a consumer grade motherboard, maybe you should step up to the E3-1245 V2 which has integrated graphics.
  2. rwpritchett said:
    Check out ASRock's regular desktop ITX motherboards. They support Xeons. For example, the H61MV-ITX is only $55 and lists your Xeon as supported.

    You may be able to adjust a setting in the BIOS to allow the motherboard to boot without a video card installed. With the money saved from going with a consumer grade motherboard, maybe you should step up to the E3-1245 V2 which has integrated graphics.


    Thanks for your response. I was actually looking at that ASROC board, but I wasn't able to determine from the manual, etc, on whether or not there is any setting to do so. I have a question into their technical support - hopefully I'll get a response on that.

    Otherwise, I'll definitely consider the 1245V2, but at that point, I'm wondering if it would be better to just get the entry level I7.

    I was also looking at the Intel board. There are some other features that might come in handy for a home server - dual LAN, wake-on features, etc. But I'm a little new to this as it will be my first server build (and I'm a project management guy - not a IT hardware pro).

    I'll post the response I get from ASROCK if I get one.
  3. By the way, I have an original post with my objectives for this server here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1759836/suggestions-home-server.html

    I posted this second question as I realized I may have an issue with running with no VGA.
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    Gigabyte has ITX boards with dual LAN if that's a priority. They also support Xeons. It also supports WOL BTW, most boards do. I have one, but I don't think I've ever seen an option in the BIOS to allow the board to boot if no video is detected. I don't know for sure, but I think a board might throw out POST or beep codes with no video detected.

    I guess you could also find some cheap @$$ video card and install it just so you can boot. eBay, or newegg open box/refurb.
  5. Ok - thanks. That's what I'm thinking will happen probably with any of the consumer boards.

    I checked the manual for the Intel server board, and it does specify a BIOS option to enable boot into the OS with no VGA - but I guess that's a server board for you and why it's priced at $160.

    I was trying to leave the PCIe slot open for a future RAID controller - plus, like you said above, the 1245 is just another ~$40.

    Thanks for your help.
  6. Just as follow-up. I heard from ASRock confirming there is no option to boot without a VGA installed.
  7. Well if that's the case, maybe you can find a cheap used i7-2600 to get your 8 threads with built in video instead of the Xeon. Otherwise, the 1245 is the way to go.
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