The software- and hardware-accelerated graphics features available with the PCoIP display protocol enable remote desktop users to run 3D applications ranging from Google Earth to CAD and other graphics-intensive applications.
- NVIDIA GRID vGPU (shared GPU hardware acceleration)
- Available with vSphere 6.0 and later, this feature allows a physical GPU (graphical processing unit) on an ESXi host to be shared among virtual machines. Use this feature if you require high-end, hardware-accelerated workstation graphics.
- Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA)
- Available with vSphere 5.5 and later, this feature dedicates a single physical GPU on an ESXi host to a single virtual machine. Use this feature if you require high-end, hardware-accelerated workstation graphics.
- Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)
- Available with vSphere 5.1 and later, this feature allows multiple virtual machines to share the physical GPUs on ESXi hosts. You can use 3D applications for design, modeling, and multimedia.
- Soft 3D
- Software-accelerated graphics, available with vSphere 5.0 and later, allows you to run DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 applications without requiring a physical GPU. Use this feature for less demanding 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes, Microsoft Office 2010, and Google Earth.
For these features, up to 2 monitors are supported, and the maximum screen resolution is 1920 x 1200.
With Horizon 6 version 6.2, NVIDIA GRID vGPU and vDGA are now also supported in remote applications running on Microsoft RDS hosts.