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SDL primarily supports the integrated graphics found on most modern CPUs, Intel or AMD. However, some dedicated graphics cards work with SDL but it’s usually depending on the hardware layout of the computer.

Minimum: i3 Gen 7, Ryzen 5
Recommended: i9 Gen 10/11, Ryzen 9

  • Testing what graphics works (GPU/iGPU)
    On some laptops, the internal and dedicated graphics work in tandem, on some they work separately or each other. SDL usually supports dedicated graphics cards that work separate from the internal graphics. To test this, enable the preferred graphics in BIOS and boot up the SDL installer; if you see the installer booting up it means the selected graphics work.

  • Integrated Graphics (iGPU)

    Most modern Intel processors like i3, i5, i7, and i9 have integrated graphics. SDL has been tested on Generation 7 through Generation 10 Intel iGPU’s.

    Most modern AMD processors like Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 have integrated graphics. SDL has been tested and works on all of them.

  • Customized solutions (advanced)
    It’s possible to enable direct un-virtualized access to the graphics card (GPU), but only for one virtual machine. Then integrated graphics has to be used for the host and the other guest, this requires testing on the individual hardware but should be possible on some machines.

    For more information: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/QEMU/Guest_graphics_acceleration