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  • Question

  • I was going to build a WHS 2011 system out of some old hardware I have but decided to just go with all new hardware.  So far I've settled on;

    i3-2100 cpu.  I considered the 2100T but the difference in power usage at idle is almost non-existent and I wanted freedom of more top end performance if needed.

    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X series memory (2x4GB) F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Timing 7-7-7-21

    That leaves me with needing a motherboard (I have everything else already).  I was going to go with an Intel  BOXDH67BLB3 board.  It has 2 SATA 6GB connectors, 3 SATA 3GB connectors, and an eSATA port for the back.  It's an H67 board and seemed to have everything I needed on it and it's currently $90 from Newegg. 

    However, while reading the reviews someone mentioned the Drivers for it do not support server software.  The Intel web site confirms this.  But when I checked MSI and ASUS I see that their boards also don't seem to support any kind of server software either.  Not even Windows server 2008 or 2003.  Is this a problem?  Are there specific boards I should be considering instead? Assuming this isn't a problem does my current planned set up look OK?

    Sunday, January 15, 2012 8:59 AM

Answers

  • Generally you will not find boards that specifically have drivers for WHS2011 but fortunately 64-bit Windows 7 drivers work well (or more ideally Windows Server 2008 R2). I have a system with a similar spec to yours but using the Asus P8P67-M Pro without issue.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Edited by Phil Harrison Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:50 PM
    • Marked as answer by UncleDude67 Monday, January 16, 2012 3:20 AM
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:11 PM

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  • Generally you will not find boards that specifically have drivers for WHS2011 but fortunately 64-bit Windows 7 drivers work well (or more ideally Windows Server 2008 R2). I have a system with a similar spec to yours but using the Asus P8P67-M Pro without issue.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Edited by Phil Harrison Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:50 PM
    • Marked as answer by UncleDude67 Monday, January 16, 2012 3:20 AM
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:11 PM
  • Doing some more reading on line it looks like there have been a lot of people having trouble installing WHS 2011 on Intel Motherboards.  Which is a shame because it looked like exactly what I'd want.
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:38 PM
  • I've build a WHS2011 with an Intel BOXDH67CFB3 and an i3-2100T CPU. It has been working flawlessly for over half a year now using the Intel 64-bit Win7 drivers.

    Device Manager doesn't show a single issue and even the USB 3.0 ports perform as expected.

    Just to confirm what Phil is saying...

    Luc.

    Monday, January 16, 2012 9:10 AM