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Author:  baeschtu [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Intel VT-x & VT-d

Hi everybody
I'd like to know if the Intel Virtualization Technology VT-d and VT-x is fully supported by the chipset and Bios of the Intense PC (version with the Core i7). As far as I know, the Core i7 - CPU supports both of them (see: ... o-2_80-GHz) ).
Since I'm planning to use the device passthroug features of Xen on an Intense PC, the support of VT-x and VT-d is required.

Thx in advance.

Author:  kenw232 [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

I can confirm at least that an Intense PC Pro i7 (QM77 chipset apparently) works fine with VMware 5.0 ESXi (Update 1). Not sure if its using the VT-x/d or whatever but it installs and runs fine.

Author:  baeschtu [ Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

hi kenw232
Thanks for your reply. Can you please check it via the "advanced configuration" in the vSphere client for the Intense PC? There's a howto in this youtube video: ... page#t=31s . Maybe you need to activate the Intel VT-d functionality in the Bios settings.
It would be great to see which devices support the passthrough-functionality.

Author:  kenw232 [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

Apparently you need to do more stuff first as mentioned here: ... ze-itself/

This URL shows the i7-3517UE used in the IntencePC Pro supports everything...

Author:  pierro78 [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

Hello Kenw232,

Sorry for the Out of Topic question but could you please tell us if your intense PC i7 runs very hot / medium hot or rather cool ?

Thanks !

Author:  baeschtu [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

Thanks, kenw232 for the links. At least from a HW perspective everything is avalailable on the Intense PC with th Core i7. The other stuff is SW-hacking. I would rather use KVM for the virtualization which also supports PCI/VGA/USB-passthrough.

Author:  kenw232 [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d

It runs pretty hot. I read most do, its suppose to be normal. Hot enough that I can't hold my hand on top of it.

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