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ESXi Hypervisor: AMD FX6100 vs Intel i5 3330

October 12, 2012 2:42:08 PM

My ESXi whitebox is for lab testing and educational purpose only at this moment.

Set 1:
AMD FX-6100
Asrock 970 Extreme 4 or Asrock 970 Extreme 3 is fine.
Kingston 8GB 1333 (KVR1333D3N9H/8G) x 2pcs
WD 1TB 7200rpm 64MB Caviar Blue (WD10EZEX)
Intel 330 SSD 60GB
Sapphire 5450 1GB
Enermax NAXN(Tomahawk II) 500W
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

Set 2:
Intel Core i5 3330 3.0Ghz (I didn't know earlier that some i5 model does support Intel VT-x, VT-d and EPT)
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) or (B3) not sure the difference between this 2. (G3) I have checked the manual, it has enable vt-d option
Kingston 8GB 1333 (KVR1333D3N9H/8G) x 2pcs
IBM 1TB 7200rpm
Intel 330 SSD 60GB
MSI 5450 1GB Graphic (i5 3330 has integrated video, i might leave this out, but then I have nothing to test the VT-d ?)
Cooler Master 350Watt Extreme Power Supply
Xigmatek Asgard ATX Casing

Set 2 is about USD65-75 more expensive than Set 1. Well actually Set 2 could be much more expensive, but then I choose cheaper PSU and Casing to reduce the overall cost for Set 2.

Set 1's processor has more core and cheaper. Set 2 processor is 22nm, lower power, with higher end motherboard.

For i5 3330
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes