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 ASRock X58 Extreme with Radeon HD 4850 X2 works 
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Post ASRock X58 Extreme with Radeon HD 4850 X2 works
Running latest ESXi 4.1 with two Windows 7 64-bit clients:

Setup:
  • MB: ASRock X58 Extreme
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3,8GHz
  • RAM 12GB (3x Kingston 1600MHz non ECC 4GB)
  • ESXi drive: 8GB USB stick
  • NIC: Realtek RTL8111DL (onboard with custom drivers)
  • First client Windows drive: OCZ Vertex 30GB @ ICH10R
  • Second client Windows drive: WD Raptor 74GB @ ICH10R
  • Graphic adapter: Sapphire (ATI) Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB (dual GPU card with onboard PCIe bridge chip) (passthrough)
  • Graphic adapter: Gigabyte (ATI) Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (passthrough)
  • Audio adapter: Bgears b-Enspirer (PCI) (passthrough)
  • USB: Two ports passed on to each Windows installation

  • Running one GPU maximum RAM for Windows to run is 2816MB.
  • Running two in the same client maximum RAM is 2304MB.
  • Running all three in the same client maximum RAM is 1792MB.
  • CrossfireX works when running both GPU's on the 4850 X2 in the same client.
  • I can assign and use each gpu on the 4850 X2 in separate Windows clients.
  • HDMI sound works on both 4850 X2 GPU's, not tested on the 2600 XT.
  • The original Windows driver for the 4850 X2 gives blue screen at boot, have to boot in safe mode and disable the adapters, reeboot and then install AMD Catalyst drivers.
  • Looks like DXVA does not work on the 4850 X2, not tested on the 2600 XT.

Also found working with passthrough:
  • SAS-controller: Fujitsu D2607 (LSISAS2008 based)
  • Graphic adapter: Asus (ATI) Radeon X800 XT 256MB (PCIe)
  • Storage controller: onboard VIA ATA133 controller

Found not to work with passthrough:
  • Audio adapter: onboard (Windows freezes at boot)
  • Graphic adapter: Leadtek (NVIDIA) GeForce 6200 TC 64MB (PCIe) ("This device cannot start")
  • 1394 controller: onboard VIA ("This device cannot start")


Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:51 pm
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