Haswell Based ESXi mATX Server

With the release of the Intel Haswell SKU and Z87 series motherboards, I thought it would be a good time to look at upgrading my ESXi box at home. My current configuration is:

  • HP N54L Microserver
  • 16Gb Kingston ECC RAM
  • HP P410-512 RAID
  • 4 x Hitachi 2TB HDDs

My new ESXi server will comprise of the following components:

  • SilverStone “Temjin series” TJ08E Black mATX Case
  • 450W “Antec” Neo-Eco PSU
  • ASRock Z87M PRO4 motherboard
  • Intel i7-4770 Core i7 Processor
  • 32Gb Non-ECC DDR3 RAM
  • HP P410-512 RAID
  • 4 x Hitachi 2TB HDDs

This is a significant spec upgrade from the old microserver so am expecting to see some good performance gains.

NoGi (58 Posts)

8 thoughts on “Haswell Based ESXi mATX Server”

  1. Hi, Was wondering if you had built this yet?
    I’ve been hanging on for Haswell rather than getting an Ivybridge i5 3570 and a Asrock Z77 Extreme4 1155 board. No point in buying already out of date kit and all that.
    Seeing as the Ivybridge stuff hasn’t dropped in price at all, I may as well go Haswell I guess.


    1. I have but the onboard NIC doesn’t work with ESXi so just waiting on my PCIex NIC to arrive now.

  2. Thanks for posting. Interested to hear how you go with getting ESXi running. What PCIex NIC did you order?

  3. Thinking of doing something likewise. I’m currently running server 2012 on an atom d520.
    Could you let us know the power usage of your server once finished?

  4. Hi, i have a server with similar hardware. Same raid controller and same processor. But my motherboard(Asus b85m-e) hangs in a Bootloop if the raidcontroller is plugged in. Does the HP P410 work with your motherboard? Which firmware revision are you running? Where there any difficulties?

    Greetings from Germany

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