NVIDIA Now Allows GeForce GPU Pass-Through For Windows VMs On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 30 March 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT. 57 Comments
Along with today's NVIDIA 465 series Linux beta an exciting shift at the company is they are now supporting accelerated GPU access by VMs with their GeForce consumer GPUs.

Moving forward NVIDIA is now supporting GeForce GPU passthrough for Windows virtual machines running from a Linux host.

This is a big win for those wanting to run Windows games from within a virtual machine while maintaining your Linux host/desktop and are using a GeForce graphics card. NVIDIA previously did not support this GPU passthrough for their GeForce graphics cards but that is now being supported.

With the NVIDIA 465 series and beyond, NVIDIA is supporting this GeForce virtualization option paired with GeForce GTX 900 / Maxwell and later for notebooks and GeForce GTX 1000 / Kepler and later for discrete desktop graphics. Windows 10 is the only supported guest operating system for this GeForce virtualization setup.

The initial details on this surprise GeForce GPU pass-through support via this NVIDIA help ticket.
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