Re: Known Socket 1150 Gigabyte boards with working vt-d.
*puts on the virtualization hat*
Originally Posted by Robstarusa
Hi Robert. I'm RootWyrm. I'm kind of an expert on this stuff.
And you, uh, kinda neglected to mention what hypervisor you're intending to run. Which matters a lot. Though honestly the TL;DR version as far as 1150 desktop boards and VT-d for video is almost always "nope." Reason being that the BIOS is not capable of having it's video output snatched away, and snatches all outputs by default. And I presume what you actually mean is doing PCIe access via VT-d so the guest can access the GPU directly for offload or render.
Not saying impossible, but honestly I've yet to encounter a desktop board that can do VT-d for video in anything resembling a sane fashion. Even with multiple distinct models (e.g. mixing non-crossfire capable cards like 6970 and 4870.) It's a common thread across all manufacturers. The desktop chipsets and BIOSes are just not meant for it by design. There are several non-desktop boards I can recommend depending on hypervisor, but need more information on how exactly you're planning to virtualize and configure the hardware.
It's not a real high end workstation till it's got four sockets, eight video cards, and takes two thirty amp circuits to run. Yes, I build those kind of systems too.