If an ESXi host has an NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics device, you can configure a virtual machine to use the NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU (vGPU) technology.

NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics devices are designed to optimize complex graphics operations and enable them to run at high performance without overloading the CPU.


  • Verify that an NVIDIA GRID GPU graphics device with an appropriate driver is installed on the host. See the vSphere Upgrade documentation.
  • Verify that the virtual machine is compatible with ESXi 6.0 and later.


  1. Right-click a virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, select Add New Device and select New PCI Device from the drop-down menu.
  3. Expand the New PCI device, and select the NVIDIA GRID vGPU passthrough device to which to connect your virtual machine.
    Note: Full memory reservation will be applied automatically, it's required for PCI device.
  4. Select a GPU profile.
    A GPU profile represents the vGPU type.
  5. Click OK.


The virtual machine can access the device.