Xen VGA Passthrough Tested Adapters

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List of tested graphics adapters for Xen VGA Passthrough

Please send an email to xen-devel or xen-users with all the details about your VGA graphics passthru experience and we'll list the devices here.

Please include the following details in the email:

  • Xen version
  • Dom0 kernel version, and if it's pvops or xenlinux based
  • "lspci" output for the graphics card to get the PCI IDs and model information
  • Did you passthru all the PCI IDs or just one?
  • Was it primary or secondary graphics adapter?
  • Motherboard vendor/model and BIOS version.
  • Guest OS and driver version.
  • How did it work.. did you have some issues?

Xen VGA graphics passthru has been tested to work with these graphics adapters:

(We've only recently started collecting this database so the list is still very small.. let us know how it works for you!).

Intel display adapters

Xen 4.0.0, OpenSuse 11.2 xenlinux dom0 kernel. Dell Optiplex 755 desktop. 
Windows XP HVM guest, Dell provided Intel graphics driver. Primary adapter. Passthru for both PCI IDs. 

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02) 
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

Nvidia display adapters

Note that Nvidia officially supports only Quadro FX 3800, 4800 and 5800 for graphics passthrough usage (they've tested and verified their binary drivers for these graphics cards in combination with graphics passthrough).

Xen 4.0.0-rc8, pvops xen/stable-2.6.32.x dom0 kernel. Asus P7P55D MB, BIOS 1207, Core i7 860 CPU. 
Linux HVM guest with nv driver. Primary adapter. Passthru for single/only PCI ID. hidden from dom0: xen-pciback.hide=(01:00.0) 

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G92 [GeForce 8800 GTS 512] (rev a2)

ATI/AMD display adapters

AMD sent patch enabling VGA passthrough on AMD/ATI Radeon/FirePro graphics adapters on 2010-10-07: http://lists.xensource.com/archives/html/xen-devel/2010-10/msg00284.html .

Tested adapters by AMD: Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870, FirePro V5700 and FirePro M5800.

User reported working adapters: ATI HD4550, ATI HD5750, using the Catalyst 10-9 driver on Win7 32bit. Radeon 4770 on Fedora 12, WinXP and Win7. ATI HD6850.


See XenVGAPassthrough wiki page for more information about Xen VGA graphics passthru in general.