First impression of HDX 3D Pro for XenDesktop 5

After the release of the Citrix HDX 3D Pro Tech Preview for XenDesktop 5 I thought it was time to upgrade my home “datacenter”. Bought a Core I5 with 8GB of memory and a Nvidia Geforce 430 GT with 96 Cuda Cores.

What I found out and should have checked before I bought the system is that for XenServer HDX 3D GPU pass-through features you need Intel VT-D and Nvidia SLI Multi-OS and both are a no go for my new system. To bad but those features would have doubled the price tag!

So what now? I just changed my test setup from virtual to physical. Installed Windows 7 with SP1 and ran the VDA Tech Preview installer. Ticked HDX 3D Pro and loaded the license file.

After some playing around I tried switching the HDX 3D CPU and GPU codec for rendering the ICA stream. I used Passmark Performance Test with the following configuration.










The results are very impressive. When using the XenDesktop HDX 3D CPU codec my client measures a datastream of almost 6 MB/s while the GPU codec doesn’t get beyond 2 MB/s. So while using the CPU codec the image quality is great the GPU codec saves almost 4 MB/s with the same quality.

HDX 3D demo

Please check the video for a quick demo. Click on it to watch in Full Screen.

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About Barry Schiffer

Barry is an IT Architect with 15 years of IT experience. He has gained both a broad and deep knowledge in the sphere of IT. Throughout the years, Barry has developed into a specialist in the field of Microsoft Windows, Server Based Computing, desktop and server virtualisation.Barry is co-founder and member of the Board of the Dutch Citrix User Group.Barry is awarded with the Citrix Technology Professional award in 2015 and received the RES Software Valued Professional award in 2012.

3 Responses to First impression of HDX 3D Pro for XenDesktop 5

  1. Enric says:

    At last!
    I’m expecting a new version of HDX 3D Pro Graphics appear soon!
    It seemed that Citrix has forgotten that this product existed.
    Do you have more information about its release date? Did you test it with a workstation with a dual monitor configuration?
    Thank you so much! I will be following your blog waiting for more info 🙂



  2. sen says:


    Will HDX 3D Pro supports CPU based rendering, because we cannot add new GPU card hardware on the Host server, We need to play the web based unity3D games on virtual machines, which currently says 3D rendering error and says DirectX not available. Additional information is to play these games need Unity Web player to be installed. So is there a option for CPU based rendering and will that helps?

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