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Hi there

I need a good motherboard for virtualizing, so I need one with IOMMU/AMD-Vi support. The current one I have does not support this, and I need it.
I will be using a AMD FX-8150 8-Core processor, so the card must support that. It is essential that it supports IOMMU/AMD-Vi.

Could anyone help?

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Michael
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im not sure if it does, since i have no idea what that means, but i say a 970A-D3 from gigabyte (solid board, i own one myself and is pretty nice imo) or a M5A97 from asus. i cant comment on the asus, but i know it has lots of users too. both these motherboards are below $100, and they support FX8150.
     
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All AMD 9-series chipsets support IOMMU/AMD-Vi if I'm correct.

I'd probably shoot for this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266
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All AMD 9-series chipsets support IOMMU/AMD-Vi if I'm correct.
I'd probably shoot for this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266

that has (iirc) 4 VRM thingies, same as the 970. and if he wants a cheap motherboard for his 8150, and his main rig includes a 2600K, i dont think he would need the 990FX smile.gif
     
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that has (iirc) 4 VRM thingies, same as the 970. and if he wants a cheap motherboard for his 8150, and his main rig includes a 2600K, i dont think he would need the 990FX smile.gif

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Originally Posted by PunkX 1 View Post

All AMD 9-series chipsets support IOMMU/AMD-Vi if I'm correct.
I'd probably shoot for this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266

Yeah, most of them does, but the problem is if it REALLY supports it, or if it just "supports" it. Was something with that it needed to have ACPI-something.

Edit: Quote from http://wiki.xen.org/wiki/VTd_HowTo:
"Even when the chipset supports IOMMU, the bios must have a ACPI IVRS table to enable the use of it! So actual support depends on the motherboard manufacturer. At the time of writing all motherboards seem to have a (beta)bios available supporting the IOMMU. A thread with user expiriences can also be found at this forum: http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/ga-890fxa-ud5-iommu-bios-switch-39801/"
Edited by michael_sj123 - 10/1/12 at 8:59am
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Yeah I haven't came across a cheap board that has it enabled. For some reason almost every motherboard company decides to disable it. I guess it probably isn't used that often by most users, but I don't see the big deal with putting in a switch for it.

I built a small business server with a ASUS Crosshair V and it could do it out of the box, but that was not a cheap board.

If you don't have the CPU yet...I don't think it is possible to buy an Intel board without VT-D. It would mean you've have to at least buy a 2600K to get eight threads though
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Yeah I haven't came across a cheap board that has it enabled. For some reason almost every motherboard company decides to disable it. I guess it probably isn't used that often by most users, but I don't see the big deal with putting in a switch for it.
I built a small business server with a ASUS Crosshair V and it could do it out of the box, but that was not a cheap board.
If you don't have the CPU yet...I don't think it is possible to buy an Intel board without VT-D. It would mean you've have to at least buy a 2600K to get eight threads though

The problem is I don't really want to spend so much money on this, if only I could find a good board with the AMD-Vi.
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Though if you are looking to go cheap...that likely means you don't need much of a CPU.

Can you still buy socket 1156 parts around your area? I've been seeing those getting cheaper in my area. I have a I7-860 that is running three server VMs and a VM for my main media machine with GPU pass though. Plays blurays and PCSX2 just fine with its eight threads. Plus has decent power saving features as well.

Though I bet I could stand up the same stuff on a much lower powered CPU as well.
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