Virtual server

I am planning my next server.  I want to build a server that is optimized for running virtualized computers and large disk storage. I’m using this post to take some notes. With all of this information in one place my goal is for it to help me design my next computer. There is a lot of information about computer parts on the Internet and this is the source of this information.

Some of my friends have asked why I build my own computers and I always reply because it is fun and I learn a lot. I rarely document my design process so here is a place to watch how I do it.

Intel® Xeon® Processor 7000 Sequence

These processors are for servers

Processor number? L2 cache L3 cache Clock speed Front side bus System type Power Number of cores
45-nm technology
X7460 9MB 16MB 2.66 GHz 1066 MHz MP 130W 6
L7455 9MB 12MB 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz MP 65W 6
L7445 6MB 12MB 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz MP 50W 4
E7450 9MB 12MB 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz MP 90W 6
E7440 6MB 16MB 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz MP 90W 4
E7430 6MB 12MB 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz MP 90W 4
E7420 6MB 8MB 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz MP 90W 4
65-nm technology
X7350 8MB 0 2.93 GHz 1066 MHz MP 130W 4
L7345 8MB 0 1.86 GHz 1066 MHz MP 50W 4
E7340 8MB 0 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 4
E7330 6MB 0 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 4
E7320 4MB 0 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 4
E7310 4MB 0 1.60 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 4
E7220 8MB 0 2.93 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 2
E7210 8MB 0 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz MP 80W 2

I will go with the cheapest 45nm quad core with 12mb L3 cache, the Xeon E7430.  Now I’ll search for a motherboard.

Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence

These processors are for workstations.

Processor Number? Cache Clock Speed Front Side Bus System Type Power Dual-core Quad-core
45-nm technology
X5492 12MB 3.40 GHz 1600 MHz DP 150W   checkmark
X5470 12MB 3.33 GHz 1333 MHz DP 120W   checkmark
X5482 12MB 3.20 GHz 1600 MHz DP 120W   checkmark
X5472 12MB 3.00 GHz 1600 MHz DP 120W   checkmark
E5472 12MB 3.00 GHz 1600 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
E5462 12MB 2.80 GHz 1600 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
X5460 12MB 3.16 GHz 1333 MHz DP 120W   checkmark
X5450 12MB 3.00 GHz 1333 MHz DP 120W   checkmark
E5450 12MB 3.00 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
E5440 12MB 2.83 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
L5430 12MB 2.66 GHz 1333 MHz DP 50W   checkmark
E5430 12MB 2.66 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
L5420 12MB 2.50 GHz 1333 MHz DP 50W   checkmark
E5420 12MB 2.50 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
L5410 12MB 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz DP 50W   checkmark
E5410 12MB 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
E5405 12MB 2.00 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W   checkmark
X5272 6MB 3.40 GHz 1600 MHz DP 80W checkmark  
X5270 6MB 3.50 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W checkmark  
X5260 6MB 3.33 GHz 1333 MHz DP 80W checkmark  
L5240 6MB 3.00 GHz 1333 MHz DP 40W checkmark  
E5205 6MB 1.86 GHz 1066 MHz DP 65W checkmark  

For a 3D expert system Intel recommends this Xeon X5482 configuration.

The motherboard is a dual processor with LGA771 socket design.

ASUS DSEB-DG/SAS

High Power Efficiency Platform with SAS Support Ready

ASUS new server board DSEB-DG/SAS is based on 45nm Intel® Xeon® 5400/5300/5200/5100 processor with the green design of 90%+ power efficiency. Featured with leading-edge technology including FSB 1600MHz, FB-DIMM 800MHz, PCI-Express Gen2 x16 and SAS support, the DSEB-DG/SAS is the most out-performance server board which is ideal for enterprise-class and computing demanding applications.

Asus DSEB-DG/SAS mother board

Asus DSEB-DG/SAS mother board

Motherboard Specifications

Processor 2 * LGA771 sockets support:
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5300/5400 Series Processors
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100/5200 Series Processors
FSB FSB 667/1066/1333/1600MHz
Core Logic Intel® 5400 Memory Controller Hub (MCH)
Intel® 6321ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH)
Memory 8 * Fully-Buffered DIMM DDR2 533/667/800 Reg. ECC, Maximum up to 64 GB
1.5V (Low Voltage) & 1.8V supported
Storage Interface Intel® 6321ESB support 6 SATA2 300MB/s ports
LSI® 1068 PCI-X SAS controller support 8 SAS ports
RAID Support Intel® 6321ESB: 6 SATA2 300MB/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage (for Windows only)
(Support software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5)   

LSI® 1068 PCI-X 8-port SAS controller:
LSI® Integrated RAID 0, 1, 1E support
Optional LSI® ZCR(Zero-Channel-RAID) PCI-X card:
(For upgrade to support hardware RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50)

NIC Quad-LAN:
Intel® 6321+ Intel® 82563EB Dual Port GbE LAN
2 * Intel® 82573L GbE LAN
Onboard Gfx XGI Z9s VGA Controller / 32MB DDR VRAM
Expansion Slot
2 * PCI-E x16 Gen2
1 * PCI-E x8 (x8 link)
2 * PCI-X 100/133 MHz
1 * PCI 32bit/33 MHz
Form Factor SSI EEB 3.61, 12” x 13”

Here is a specification for a Dell server.

 GROUP: 1

 QUANTITY: 1 

SYSTEM PRICE:  

  GROUP TOTAL:  

 

 
Base Unit:  Quad Core Xeon Processor E53102x4MB Cache, 1.60GHz, 1066MHz FSB, PE 1900 (222-6792)
Processor:  Quad Core Xeon 2nd Processor E5310, 2x4MB Cache, 1.60GHz 1066MHz FSB, PE1900 (311-6842)
Memory 16GB 667MHz (8x2GB), Dual Ranked DIMMs, Spare-Row (311-7194)
Keyboard:  No Keyboard Selected (310-5017)
Video Card:  LOM NIC is TOE Ready (430-2966)
Hard Drive:  HD Multi-Select (341-4158)
Hard Drive Controller:  PERC 5/i, Integrated Controller Card (341-3018)
Floppy Disk Drive:  No Floppy Drive (341-3052)
Operating System:  No Operating System (420-6320)
Mouse:  Mouse Option None (310-0024)
NIC:  Intel PRO 1000 VT Quad Port (430-2687)
TBU:  No Tape Drive (341-4205)
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:  DVD-RW Drive, SATA (313-7135)
Cable:  1900 HARD DRIVE CABLE FOR MORE THAN 4 HDDs (310-8432)
Documentation Diskette:  Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit (310-8292)
Feature  Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 0 PERC 5/i Integrated (341-4018)
Service:  Dell Hardware Warranty, Extended Year(s) (985-3298)
Service:  Dell Hardware Warranty Plus Onsite Service Initial Year (985-3307)
Service:  Pro Support for IT: Next Business Day Onsite Service After Problem Diagnosis, 2Year Extended (987-2462)
Service:  ProSupport for IT: 7×24 HW / SW Tech Support and Assistance for Certified IT Staff, 3 Year (987-2502)
Service:  Pro Support for IT: Next Business Day Onsite Service After Problem Diagnosis, Initial Year (987-6940)
Service:  Thank you choosing Dell ProSupport. For tech support, visit http://support.dell.com/ProSupport or call 1-800-945-33 (989-3439)
Installation:  On-Site Installation Declined (900-9997)
Misc:  Power Cord, NEMA 5-15P to C14,15 amp, wall plug, 10 feet / 3 meter (310-8509)
  500GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive (341-3875) – Quantity 6