I'm looking into buying a new system and the new line of Intel dual cores has caught my eye. I'm particularly interested in the Xeon 51xx serie, which is the server/workstation line.
Crucial is finding the right mobo: chipsets 5000p
are for servers and 5000x
is for workstations but my question pertains all.
Part of the chipset is a "ESB2 SATAII Controller". From what I've been able to find is this chip used in RAID configurations although the word 'controller' suggests a more general function. The term 'ESB2' is also used in connection to Lan and PCI which confuses me.
Below are links to examples of mobo's with the 5000x chipset (but the chip can also be found on 5000p/v boards) from different manufacturers:
The Supermicro site also has a OS compatibility chart:
where none of the listed Linux distro's apparantly have "ESB2 (Intel Firmware) Support" (scroll down)
- Can somebody explain what the ESB2 does/is for (in n00b speak
- I want to use Linux with this mobo, is this board suitable for me? (given the following requirements: )
- I don't want a RAID configuration (personally, others may want to, so feel free to expand),
- I do want to use the PCI capabilities to the max (some day),
- I do want to use the Ethernetnet capabilities to the max (all 2 of the ports),
- I do want to use the amount of harddiscs to the max (some day).