Using HDMI. I’ve tried a virtual ich6 but couldn’t get it to output any sound. I fixed the audio sync problem by enabling message signal interrupts on both the NVidia video and audio devices.
While the T5500 is capable of supporting a dual-socket config, I don’t have the necessary riser card, so I only have one processor at the moment, though I’m considering acquiring another. Westmere Xeons are currently dirt cheap, as is DDR3 ECC RAM.
I ran a few benchmark passes, and it seems the performance penalty is about 8%, not 15% - what I would consider tolerable. I still believe this is due to Windows Server - see this video benchmarking games under Server 2016.
Of your suggested tweaks, the only one I’ve implemented is running VirtIO drivers for storage and neworking. Are the patches you mention for the kernel or KVM? What does isolcpus do? And I’m not sure how to apply hugepages…
For years I’ve stuck with apt based distros because I ran into a number of issues with rpm database corruption. Also, I tried CentOS recently and was annoyed by the number of 3rd party repos I had to enable to get a fully functional desktop environment. Debian, OTOH, seems to have everything needed once you enable the contrib and non-free repos. ATM, Debian seems “good enough” and I’ve already sunk a few days into the system getting it operational.
By the way, thanks for sharing your experience with this. It is appreciated.