ESXi 5.x Virtual Hardware Matrix

If you read our previous article on how to Revert ESXi 5.5 VM Hardware Upgrades, you may be wondering what the actual differences are between hardware versions. Below is the virtual hardware matrix taken directly from the VMware Documentation Center website. Note that we have taken the liberty of removing the 4.x versions of ESXi from the matrix as they are not relevant to this article. Please note that changes are highlighted in yellow.

ESXi 5.x Virtual Hardware Matrix
Feature By Version5.55.15.0
Hardware (VM) Version1098
Max Memory(MB)103526410352641035264
Max Processors646432
Max Cores Per Socket646432
Max SCSI Adapters444
Bus Logic AdaptersYYY
LSI Logic AdaptersYYY
LSI Logic SAS AdaptersYYY
Paravirtual ControllersYYY
SATA Controllers4NN
Virtual SCSI DiskYYY
SCSI PassthroughYYY
SCSI Hotplug SupportYYY
IDE NodesYYY
Virtual IDE DiskYYY
Virtual IDE CD-ROMYYY
IDE Hotplug SupportNNN
Maximum NIC's101010
PCNet32 NICYYY
VMXNet NICYYY
VMXNet2 NICYYY
VMXNet3 NICYYY
E1000 NICYYY
E1000e NICYYY
USB 1.X and 2.0YYY
USB 3.0YYY
Max Video Memory(KB)524288524288131072
SVGA Displays101010
3D Hardware Acceleration101010
VMCIYYY
PCI Passthrough666
PCI Hotplug SupportYYY
Nested HV SupportYYN
vPMC SupportYYN
Serial Ports444
Parallel Ports333
Floppy Devices222
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