LGA1150 compatible hardware
I'm trying to get a pfsense box up and running for my home/home office, but I'm running into some problems with NIC compatibility.
I purchased a H87N-WIFI, but that Intel NIC isn't recognized until the alpha builds of 2.2 and the atheros wired chip isn't recognized at all on pfsense, nor FreeBSD 10.
I already have a processor, and all the rest of the build, so I was hoping to get a mini itx mainboard that has 2 GbE ports, and supports an Intel 1150 processor.
I was looking at the following boards, but some seem to have intel i217 and i211 NICs, and others have realtek NICs that haven't had the best reviews here.
Anyone have any experience/recommendations on any of the above?
Series 7 chipsets were the last ones that came together with 8257x controllers.
Series 8 will almost always be built with a i21x ethernet controller due to intel bundling them together for a discount. Some of these discounts are probably pretty big, its the only way I can explain certain motherboards with onboard 10GbE being as cheap as they are. (~$400 for brand new X540 dual port, ~$500 if you want a LGA2011 board and SAS HBA glued to it)
There might be hard to find exceptions (don't know any off top of my head) and likely cost more than just getting a separate card. So unless your case cannot fit a card, there is your solution :)
That is also assuming they don't go the typical ultra-cheap route and just use a realjunk controller instead.