RTX A5000 vGPU support

Hi guys.

My local sales guy told me that RTX A5000 doesn’t support vGPU.
Who has experience with vGPU and RTX A5000? Are they compatible?


The GPU can support vGPU but you will need to switch the GPU in DC mode with the mode selector tool. Be aware that another GPU needs to serve as primary device afterwards or you won’t be able to boot any more.

Hello sschaber,

I’m currently developing a virtualization lab and am in search of an appropriate graphics card to boost the performance of my virtual machines (VMs). My existing setup includes a server equipped with an AMD EPYC 7713 processor, 512GB of RAM, and NVMe M.2 storage.

I utilize vSphere 8 for managing my VMs, which run on Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022. These VMs are accessed via RDP within a local network and perform a variety of tasks. This includes testing scenarios and working with multiple browsers/tabs that display dynamic content simultaneously. I plan to implement vGPU functionality in 5-10 of these VMs.

The NVIDIA RTX A5000 is currently under my consideration as a potential choice. However, I’m uncertain if this model supports vGPU and whether it can efficiently service a dozen concurrent VMs. Could you assist me in determining if this would be a suitable fit or suggest alternative models that might better cater to my requirements?

Thank you for your time and assistance.

My local sales guy recommended considering L4 and L40 cards. But he was wrong about RTX A5000 vGPU support, so it decreased his credibility :)
Anyway, he also pointed out that a server should be compatible with a card or the card will throttle and burn out at the end.

A5000 works in general with vGPU but you need to be aware that you need to have a second GPU that serves the primary display. Given the fact that it seems you are building your own server, make sure there is a onboard GPU available or add another GPU.
And A5000 needs to be changed into DC mode with the mode selector tool to work with vGPU.

In this case, please advise me another model suitable for my needs, relatively speaking - a dozen simultaneously running virtual machines that perform “heavy office work” and use one physical NVIDIA’s GPU, so that in terms of its capabilities and cost it was not overkill for my needs.

Don’t get me wrong. This GPU fits for your needs but you need to make sure that you have the second GPU in place

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