anyone know of being able to get a consumer card flashed to be used as a grid gpu for vm's in vsphere for gpu accelerated applications on a virtualized os? I don't want to have to pay 3k for a grid gpu
It normally requires hard wire mod then after flash the GPU BIOS it will act like Grid/Quadro but the function is limited. For example, even you could mode as K1/K2 but you can only use pass-through to a single VM. It's good for testing propose, but I won't use that for production.
Current gen K1/K2 price has been going down since the announcement of the new gen. Quadro on the other hand can be found in reasonable price. K4000 can be found around $450. You will be better off use pass-through for that. If more user session is required I would do RDS/XenApp with K4000 pass-through. You can easily get 10-20 users using CAD that way with reasonable performance.
I can get you the fw image(s) from a grid k2 if you need it.
I have a pair... granted I should probably check how well they work before offering but if you think it would be useful... I will put those higher up on my list of things to check.
“Convert” the GT640 into a Grid K1
Now that we have all of our parts and tools lets change the resistors to make the GT 640 register as a Grid K1.
The first thing I did was put the card in a windows 7 machine to verify it was a working GT 640 card.
After I verified it worked I followed the posts above and changed out the proper resistors to make the card register as a Grid K1.