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Raspberry Pi PCIe Devices

Raspberry Pi PCI Express device compatibility database

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8G Gamer X

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8G Gamer X
Functionality Driver Required? More Info
None (so far) Yes GitHub Issue

Description and Notes

The GTX 1080 is supported by both Nvidia’s proprietary driver and the open source Nouveau driver in the Linux Kernel.

It will require a 1x to 16x adapter, or some other means of adapting the 16x-sized card pins into the 1x slot on the CM4 IO Board. You will also need to supply at least 200W of power through an 8-pin and 6-pin PCI Express power connector on the card itself (in addition to the supply through the PCIe bus on the Pi).

There are two ways to try installing the driver:

Proprietary Nvidia driver

After flashing the 64-bit Pi OS beta to my Pi, I made sure to upgrade everything on it, and install the kernel source, so the Nvidia driver would compile:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install -y raspberrypi-kernel-headers
sudo reboot

After rebooting, if you have X server running (e.g. you are logged in via GUI), you need to log out. If you’re running this over SSH or serial connection, you can quit X server with: sudo systemctl stop lightdm.

Now, download Nvidia’s latest AARCH64 Driver for ARM 64-bit processors, make the downloaded .run file executable, and run it with sudo:

chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-aarch64-450.119.03.run
sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-aarch64-450.119.03.run

After a reboot, while the driver was loading, I got the error message Internal error: Oops: 9600004f [#1] PREEMPT SMP, and you can also see the full call trace here.

Nouveau (open source) driver

To get the Nouveau driver loaded, you have to recompile the Linux kernel for Pi OS.

Go to Device Drivers > Graphics support on the menuconfig step, and select the Nouveau driver to install.

If you want to be able to boot the Pi all the way, make sure to blacklist the nouveau kernel module:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf

# Put this inside the file and save it:
blacklist nouveau

Now, after a reboot, you can explicitly load the module and see what happens by following dmesg in another terminal session:

sudo modprobe nouveau

In my case, the entire Pi locks up and requires a hard power reset.

See the linked GitHub issue for more details on the current status of this card.