On 10/06/2018 03:07 PM, ben.thomp...@vfemail.net wrote: > Thanks for your reply. > >>> I have a few questions: >>> How well does passing a dedicated graphics card to a vm work / is gaming >>> in a vm feasible or do i still need dual-boot? >> >> Yeah very feasible many people do it including me. > > So what games are possible and are you using a windows or linux guest? > (Sadly there are games not running with wine.)
Windows without networking to avoid the spying features. There are however a variety of AAA DRM free games that run native on linux these days. On my KGPE-D16 I just finished the two wolfenstein games and the new prey on max settings I have RX580 and 6328 cpu with 14gb ram assigned to the VM. I suggest purchasing 8gb ecc rdimm sticks as they are the most affordable per gb if you get one. The KCMA-D8 is also a good choice and with that you don't have to deal with NUMA issues. > >> Of course you need the right system you would need an eGPU capable >> laptop such as the W520 which you should install an quad core ivy bridge >> cpu in so you get pci-e 3.0 for the expresscard slot. As always I >> recommend installing coreboot - the ivy/sandy coreboot port has open >> cpu/ram init and supports me cleaner to nerf your me (again disabling is >> impossible) > > Well the W520 is from 2011 and can't be bought anymore and i don't like > to buy hardware second hand. Whats wrong with second hand hardware? You can replace the worn out parts like the keyboard/armrest/lid very easily to the point where you couldn't tell the difference between a new and used laptop. I don't think a circa 2013 cpu is that bad considering what you gain from using it. > Also the processor is a bit weaker. A quad core ivy bridge cpu will be fine I guarantee it. > I know the problem with new CPUs is a ME which can't be properly > deactivated anymore (at least as far as i know), but it seems i have to > accept this, if i want a powerful processor for gaming / work. No you don't have to. What do you want to run that couldn't run on an older laptop but could run on a newer one? > Hence the W520 is not really an option for me (Although it is the better > option from a security standpoint). > > So do you have a suggestion for newer hardware in the same price-range? I don't recommend blatantly insecure hardware which is what new x86 is - it is all junk. See for instance the recent china spying scandal where they inserted a backdoor chip on the motherboard and that is probably just the tip of the iceberg. The future of real owner controlled, open source firmware, high performance hardware is non-x86, such as POWER systems like the raptor talos 2, raptor blackbird, etc. Of course made in usa is a must for security reasons and the OpenPOWER9 CPU's are made here as well as those boards. I hope that xen/qubes will soon support POWER - but I argue that POWER-KVM is more secure than xen on a black box x86 platform. In terms of gaming you aren't going to get good performance on a laptop which is why I always suggest obtaining an owner controlled no psp/me libre-firmware available desktop system board like the KCMA-D8/KGPE-D16 (runs qubes 4.0 great) plus a g505s for your no psp/me owner controlled laptop which has open cpu/ram init via coreboot. For laptop gaming via eGPU you can re-direct the output to the internal screen if both the iGPU and the eGPU are assigned to the same VM - very difficult though and of course graphics assignment weakens your security in a variety of ways so I would simply have a dedicated gaming device if you can afford it. Let me know if you find this advice helpful - I am always pleased to answer the expert questions. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "qubes-users" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to qubes-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/qubes-users/105b2ee6-b32e-7d7e-52fd-d5eb9c48509a%40gmx.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.