[CentOS] CentOS 4.3 on Intel Xeon Core 2 Duo

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Tue Oct 31 14:36:39 UTC 2006

On Tue, 31 Oct 2006 at 3:12pm, Marc Saric wrote

> I am planning to buy a new server -because the new Core2 Duo based Xeons 
> (5100 series) are considerably faster in some scenarios than Opteron machines 
> while not beeing more expensive, I would like to hear some real-world 
> experiences from people who have installed CentOS 4.3 or 4.4 on such a setup.
> Specifically:
> CPU:   2x Intel Xeon 5100 2GHz
> Board: Intel S5000 chipset
> RAID5: 3ware 9550SXU-4LP
> I have some experience with the 3ware Adapter (new kernel module needed on 
> install) but now nothing about compatibility, extra drivers or other problems 
> related to the relatively new Xeon/S5000 platform and CentOS 4.3/RHEL 4.3.

I've got a testbox with a Supermicro X7DVL motherboard and dual Xeon 
5140s.  The onboard network was *not* supported in CentOS 4.3, but is as 
of 4.4.  Also, the 3w-9xxx received a significant upgrade in the 4.4 
kernel vs. the one from 4.3.  So, you *really* want to go with 4.4 on that 
hardware over 4.3.

Joshua Baker-LePain
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

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