[CentOS] is Intel VT-d "really" necessary?

Rudi Ahlers Rudi at SoftDux.com
Thu Sep 16 03:16:20 EDT 2010

On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM, John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com> wrote:
> Core I7 is the branding for the desktop CPU family.  The Server
> processors are branded Xeon 5500 and 5600 (for dual socket servers) and
> Xeon 7000 for 4+ socket servers.   Typically, desktop processors go with
> desktop motherboards which don't support ECC memory, probably don't have
> remote management features, likely don't readily support redundant
> power, and often have only a single NIC onboard.  A server board will
> likely have significantly more IO bandwidth, oriented towards network
> and disk IO rather than graphics.
> IMHO, the dual socket 5600 family is the sweet spot of price/performance
> for a VM host, with 2 x 6 cores, and typically 12 memory slots (2x3 per
> CPU).  populate the memory with 6 matching DIMMs for best performance.
> _______________________________________________

Yet the server vendors ship servers, with server chassis, hardware
RAID, redundant power supplies, etc & offer Core i7 options. How does
that work?

Kind Regards
Rudi Ahlers

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