I am doing a virtualiztion rig for development, some security testing, and light gaming (gotta have some fun). Unfortunately I have been out of hardware for a while so I would love a critique!
The box will have 64 gig of ram, an SSD for the OS and raid for the storage solution. (More details to follow once I get the mobo/cpu hammered out)
I expect to use windows 7 as the host os, and various linux flavors for the guests and virtualbox for the platform. I will probably virtualize a server or two that will be online (pbx and owncloud/git fileserver) at all times then be bringing up other vms based on what project I am playing with at the time.
I am thinking the AMD because it has 8 physical cores (atleast that is how I understood AMD was real where Intel was virtualized) but from the benchmarks it is lagging behind equivalent Intel offerings, I don't mind spending the money but I do not wanna be in the area of diminishing returns. Any advice would be appreciated. THANKS!!!!!
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Intel without a doubt, the 12 threads is outstanding important when working with multiple VM's.
the 9590 already run hot enough, you dont want to push it to its edge.
Intel have been dominate within virtualization(Actually server-marked, but servers normally run multiple VMs)
Other things that is important:
The faster the HDD and SSD the better. VMs really depend on fast drives.
Just for sake of discussion, how many VMs could I run comfortably on an intel quad core assuming 2ghtz per vm with comfortable ram allotment.
without hyper-threading 5-7 with hyper-threading 10-14.
But everything could change depending on what the VM would be used for.
It will vary, a LAMP server (owncloud), PBX, a linux dev environment, then maybe some test VMs to play with various sys admin/security scenarios. IE adding python 2.4< to CentOS, demonstrating exploits for school, playing with things like node.js.