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Virtual Machine Hardware Versions

A VMware Virtual Machine hardware version refers to the configuration of virtual hardware components and features that are available to a virtual machine running on the hypervisor. Each version of VM hardware provides a set of features and capabilities that can be utilized by the virtual machine, including vCPU, memory, network adapters, and storage controllers.

VMware releases new virtual hardware versions with each generation of its virtualization products. To ensure compatibility between a virtual machine and the platform, make sure to choose the appropriate hardware version for the virtual machine. Some VM hardware versions come with performance enhancements so updating them regularly can help to improve performance.

21ESXi 8.0 U216 vGPU devices per VM
256 vNVMe disks per VM
NVMe 1.3 support for Windows 11 and Server 2022
NVMe support for WSFC
20ESXi 8.0
Fusion 13.x
Workstation Pro 17.x
Workstation Player 17.x
256 Cores per virtual socket
Virtual NUMA Topology
32 PCI passthrough devices
Enhanced DirectPath I/O
Vendor Device Groups
Virtual Hyperthreading
DataSets Service
vMotion App Notification
VMXNet3 Version 8
8 vGPUs
WDDM 1.2
Direct3D 11.0
OpenGL 4.3
19ESXi 7.0 U2
Fusion 12.2.x
Workstation Pro 16.2.x
Workstation Player 16.2.x
10 PVRDMA endpoints
vMotion with PVRDMA native
Direct3D 11.0
Microsoft VBS (AMD)
VMXNet3 Version 7
OpenGL 4.0
18ESXi 7.0 U1
Fusion 12.x
Workstation Pro 16.x
Workstation Player 16.x
768 vCPU
24560 GB RAM
256 MB video memory
8 GB 3D graphics memory
PVRDMA native endpoint
Virtual I/O MMU (AMD)
VMXNet3 Version 6
17ESXi 7.0USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus
4 GB 3D graphics memory
Dynamic DirectPath
Virtual Precision Clock device
Virtual Watchdog Timer device
Virtual SGX device
Direct3D 10.1
WDDM 1.1
Direct3D 10.1
16Fusion 11.x
Workstation Pro 15.x
Workstation Player 15.x
15ESXi 6.7 U2256 vCPU
VMXNet3 Version 5
14ESXi 6.7
Fusion 10.x
Workstation Pro 14.x
Workstation Player 14.x
NVDIMM controller
64 NVDIMM devices
Virtual I/O MMU (Intel)
Microsoft VBS (Intel)
VMXNet3 Version 4
Virtual PMEM disks
Virtual TPM 2.0
Secure Boot
16 PCI passthrough devices
PCI Hot Add
VMXNet3 Version 3
Virtual NVMe disks
Direct3D 10.0
OpenGL 3.3
12Fusion 8.x
Workstation Pro 12.x
Workstation Player 12.x
6128 GB RAM
11ESXi 6.0
Fusion 7.x
Workstation 11.x
Player 7.x
128 vCPU
4080 GB RAM
2 GB 3D graphics memory
Virtual TPM
Microsoft VBS
CPU Hot Add
32 Serial ports
VMXNet3 Version 2
10ESXi 5.5
Fusion 6.x
Workstation 10.x
Player 6.x
Virtual SATA disks
9ESXi 5.1
Fusion 5.x
Workstation 9.x
Player 5.x
64 vCPU
64 Cores per virtual socket
Virtual PMC
Nested virtualization
Direct3D 9
8ESXi 5.0
Fusion 4.x
Workstation 8.x
Player 4.x
32 vCPU
32 Cores per virtual socket
1011 GB RAM
USB 3.1 SuperSpeed
E1000e networking
SVGA 3D hardware acceleration
7ESXi/ESX 4.x
Fusion 3.x
Fusion 2.x
Workstation 7.x
Workstation 6.5.x
Player 3.x
Server 2.x
8 vCPU
8 Cores per virtual socket
256 GB RAM
Memory Hot Add
Virtual USB
10 virtual NICs
Virtual IDE Disks
VMware Paravirtual SCSI controllers
LSI Logic SAS SCSI controllers
10 SVGA displays
WDDM 1.0
6Workstation 6.0.x
4ESX 3.x
ACE 2.x
Fusion 1.x
Player 2.x
4 vCPU
4 Serial ports
4 virtual NICs
E1000 networking
IDE nodes
Virtual IDE CD-ROMs
Virtual SCSI disks
LSI Logic SCSI controllers
Bus Logic SCSI controllers
SCSI passthrough
SCSI hot add support
SVGA display
Memory ballooning
3ESX 2.x
GSX Server 3.x
1ESX 1.xParallel Ports
2 ATA floppy devices