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Need help to choose motherboard for Xeon E3-1230

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December 29, 2011 6:41:36 PM

Hi,

I am planning to buy Intel Xeon E3-1230 processor, please suggest a motherboard which supports all the features of this processor like Vt-x, vt-d, HT, 64t, TXT etc.

Also i would like to use desktop RAM since my budget is less, kindly consider it while making motherboard suggestion.

Thank you
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 29, 2011 8:47:29 PM

http://serverconfigurator.intel.com/sctthol.aspx?search...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/mem.cfm

One board uses regular ddr3 though the xeon may require ecc anyway (not registered)
The second supermicro board definately requires ecc ram, but I would get it anyway for the xeon. Hopefully, someone will chime in on the ecc requirements for xeon cpus.
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December 29, 2011 9:32:48 PM

I don't have much budget to use server motherboard, moreover i am this processor for learning on VMware, Hyper-V & Citrix products. Hence i would need a cheap board with non ECC RAM support. Motherboard price less than $110 would be helpful for me.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 29, 2011 10:23:04 PM

I don't see any non server boards that support your xeon cpu. Gigabyte used to provide some support for socket 775 xeons, but you don't see that now. I suggest a regular 2600 or 2500K if you can't afford a server motherboard. The prices I listed are the lowest you will find anywhere, unless you want to bid on ebay. Newegg will also have some open box boards for just over $100, but good luck getting a backplate for them. By the time you order one from somewhere, you may spend close to new. I thought the first item on this ebay page might be a bargain, but it's a monthly rental fee: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197....

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December 29, 2011 10:41:01 PM

I did some search on google and found H67 boards support E3-1230 processor. Any idea about it?
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a c 109 V Motherboard
December 29, 2011 11:19:10 PM

The desktop mobos will support the sb xeons but just don't support ecc ram. Desktop cpus also have the same features except for AMT but the e3 1230 price is near the i5 2500 but the xeon has ht. There have been a couple people on this forum get the e3 1230 because it's that cheap for 4c/8t although you can't overclock. http://ark.intel.com/compare/52209,52213,52271
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December 30, 2011 12:04:33 AM

I don't want to overclock CPU's, Can you suggest a motherboard which supports all the features of E3-1230 and 32GB RAM?
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December 30, 2011 2:56:13 AM

I'm sorry not to derail (and I know the OPs mobo isn't even like this) but why would someone need a mobo that can have two processors and like 64+gb of ram? What exactly do people use those for


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like what is the point of this

TYAN S8812WGM3NR MEB Server Motherboard Quad Socket G34 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 30, 2011 3:48:33 AM

On googling i see H67 chipset doesn't support vt-d, is it true?
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a c 109 V Motherboard
December 30, 2011 4:33:04 AM

H67 does support vt-d. Why do you need these features anyway?

@Delengowski, there are 2 uses. 1) servers 2) workstations. Servers should be obvious, it has to handle a lot of info from thousands of computers connected to it. And workstations need all the rendering/computing power they can get, otherwise it should be offloaded to a renderfarm/supercomputer.
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December 30, 2011 4:53:15 AM

Does intel H67 boards supports VT-d? i don't see any documentation on the same :(  For intel q67 boards product docs clearly specifies it has vt-d, vt-x but i don't see HT. Can you please help me in clarifying?

The below doc says dq67Ow supports HT but VT-d, VT-x details are missing :( 

http://www.intel.de/content/dam/doc/product-brief/deskt...
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a c 109 V Motherboard
December 30, 2011 5:29:22 AM

I wanted more info; you already stated vmware, hyper-, and citrix. If this is just on 1 local machine than you don't even need vt-d or vt-x or really any of those features. They are for thin clients. HT is just completely unrelated.

Intel mobos with those chipsets seem to not support it. These features are actually on the cpu as the northbridge is integrated on the cpu. I was aware some mobos will just block the features but it seems to be much more complicated to find out than I thought.
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December 30, 2011 1:35:47 PM

I want to install ESXi on Host and Run atleast two ESXi, two windows 2008 server and one Win7 virtual machines. Will also use citrix xenapp/xendesktop on 2008 server.

Running all above doesn't require VT-x, vt-d, HT?

Can you please help me which Intel mother board to use? Considering less budget.

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a c 109 V Motherboard
December 30, 2011 6:18:36 PM

You are just repeating the same info, you are going to run those programs, I know. You are making it really difficult to help you so I'm just going to simplify this issue and find a mobo that supports these features regardless if you need them or not. Some mobos say they support it but actually don't, so I won't waste my time to find out, and to be on the safe side just get this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't seem to know what any of these features do, no offense. But you may want to google the features to know what exactly they do.
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December 30, 2011 6:34:10 PM

Yeah i have to search google to know more about these technologies. Thank you very much for your time :D  in helping me. BTW i was saying about the same MB earlier ;) 
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January 9, 2012 11:59:01 AM

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