The software- and hardware-accelerated graphics features available with the Blast Extreme or 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, 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.
- AMD MxGPU
- Available with vSphere, this feature allows multiple virtual machines to share an AMD GPU by making the GPU appear as multiple PCI passthrough devices. This feature offers flexible hardware-accelerated 3D profiles, ranging from lightweight 3D task workers to high-end workstation graphics power users.
- Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA)
vSphere, 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.
Note: See the VMware Hardware Compatibility List at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php. For Intel vDGA, the Intel integrated GPU is used rather than discrete GPUs, as is the case with other vendors.
- Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)
- Available with vSphere, 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, 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.
Important: See the VMware resource Deploying Hardware-Accelerated Graphics with VMware Horizon. The rendering options differ by environment (vSphere, non-vSphere, and physical PC) and use cases (virtual desktops versus published desktops). See the Windows Desktops and Applications in Horizon 8 document for the 3D options available specific to your environment and use case. For more information on the choices for 3D rendering, see NVIDIA GRID Virtual GPU User Guide.