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I'm in the need of server test bench as running all my servers in virtual machines isn't cutting it anymore. At uni we are working with ESXi and running that in a virtualized enviroment is limiting how much i can learn from it. At the moment i have an old GA-P67A-UD7-B3 motherboard, Corsair 750TX PSU and 16GB of unused RAM. All i'm missing is a CPU and the E3-1240V2 seems to fit the bill.

I'm just a little worried that it's not 100% supported and i can't seem to find a concrete answer in Google and Gigabytes Webpage doesn't list it as a supported CPU.

So i'm wondering if anyone here knows if it will work and any problems i might face?

Thank in advance.
post #2 of 9
Hi man,

Dude, to be honest just because you're running a virtualised environment doesn't mean you "Have" to use a server based processor. The P67 chipset is quite flexible and I would just throw in something like a 2600k or something. To be perfectly honest once you've overclocked the processor, thrown in 16Gb of memory it would outperform the Xeon anyway.

The main reason companies use the Xeon is it's low power usage coupled with ECC memory and the extra Cache memory they normally have. This is a big improvement when using them as application servers but for the likes of yourself, you're limiting the resale value when you don't need it and also going for efficiency over performance.

Just get either an i5 2500k or the i7 2700k, both have the hypervisor level (E-VT) and both will run around 8 VM's or so depending on the amount of memory (to be honest V-Sphere is more reliant on memory rather than your processor)

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Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

I'd considered upgrading my 2600K to the 3770K then using the 2600K for the server. The only reason i was curious about the Xeon was becuase it was cheaper than both a new 26/700(K) and the 3770(K).

The fact that the Xeon had all the fancy features just made it seem like a decent buy.

Seeing as, like you said, i don't need ECC support or the features of the Xeon as well as have no practical use for it outside of my test enviroment; i might as well spent a few more bucks and get the 3770K for my main machine and use my current CPU in the server.

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post #4 of 9
I would say that's a good way to go, you'll get a nice new ivy which will help your sig rig, your server will get a nice 2700k overclocked and everyone is a winner.

Remember though, you can't P2V a virtual server... lol... If you want to start doing P2V you'll need to just install a basic copy of windows 2008

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post #5 of 9
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I'll just be starting fresh, so that should't be a problem. My webserver is easy enough to move seeing as it's the content and not the VM that's important.

Thanks again for the guidance smile.gif

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so will the B3 run an Ivy bridge cpu? and can i overclock it? i havnt been able to find a solid answer to this question anywhere...frown.gif
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so will the B3 run an Ivy bridge cpu? and can i overclock it? i havnt been able to find a solid answer to this question anywhere...frown.gif


for overcloking the Xeon, I haven't manage to keep the multiplier within the max limit of the turbo boost (37x for my E3-1230V2) without raising the BCLK, the max I get is 35x for all 4 cores. I wonder if it's different with mobos that has Multi Core Enhancement though ...
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I see thaits supportes, but its non ht and more like a i5-2500.
Its better to buy a i5-2500k or i7-2600k. Price difference for them on ebay say its better to go I-series than e2. And i5/i7 oc easier period. Ive looked at this also and thats my conclusion.
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