Choosing between AMD and Intel for the Virtual Infrastructure

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My ESXi v5 runs on a Mini-ITX Z68 motherboard with Intel Core i5 2500T (Quad core). I choose this because I wanted to have a silent (fanless) and low consumption box. The box runs quite well. The only thing that I regret is that I don’t have access to any sensors from the vSphere client. I was looking at the SuperMicro motherboards as they seem to provide IPMI.

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The new box is here and ready

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I ordered bits from everywhere in the world to get a new, quiet and fresh box. This idea is to replace the “old” Dell XPS M1330 with something better suited to virtualization. And here are the specs : H3.S Fanless Chassis, with 80W Open Frame Fanless PSU Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi (Z68ITX-A-E) Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 2500T 2.5GHz 6MB 45W 32nm Quad Core G.Skill Kit Extreme3 2 x 8 Go PC12800 Ripjaws X CAS10 Samsung SSD (MMDOE28G5MPP) M4-CT064M4SSD2Crucial m4 2.5-inch (M4-CT064M4SSD2) WD Scorpio Blue (WDC WD2500BEVT-7) And here’s the baby pic:

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