GPU and Performance compatable SKU in Azure

suresh Reddy 41 Reputation points

could you suggest another series or size similar to the NVv4 series in terms of performance? Graphic driver must

  1. Please help me with the uses if I go with the N-series uses.
  2. if not, what are the disadvantages?
  3. if we go with an alternate size what and all do we need to do pre or post-checks and if any future problems will occur?
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  1. v-vvellanki-MSFT 4,130 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @suresh Reddy,

    Thanks for contacting Microsoft Q@A platform.

    Azure NVv4 series virtual machines are designed for GPU-intensive workloads, and they offer a good balance of CPU and GPU performance for tasks such as AI, machine learning, and graphics-intensive applications. If you are looking for alternatives in terms of performance with graphics drivers, here are a few options:

    1.      NVv3 Series: The NVv3 series VMs also offer GPU support, and they can be suitable for graphics-intensive workloads. They come with NVIDIA GPUs and can provide good performance for applications that require GPU acceleration. They are a good alternative if you want to maintain GPU support.

    2.      NC Series: The NC series is another option, optimized for GPU-intensive workloads. These VMs come with powerful NVIDIA GPUs and are suitable for deep learning, AI, and other GPU-accelerated tasks.

    3.      N Series: The N series VMs are designed for remote visualization, streaming, and gaming workloads. They offer good GPU support and can be a good choice if you have graphics-intensive applications that require remote access.

    The answer to your first question:

    ·       N-series VMs are suitable for remote visualization workloads, which include 2D and 3D graphics rendering for design and engineering applications.

    ·       These VMs can be used for hosting game servers or cloud gaming platforms.

    ·       If you need to process and stream multimedia content, N-series VMs can be a good choice.

    ·       Visual effects (VFX) rendering for the film and entertainment industry.

    The answer to second question:

    ·       VMs with GPU capabilities are generally more expensive than standard VMs due to the added GPU resources.

    ·        Managing GPU-enabled VMs can be more complex, as you need to ensure proper driver installation and compatibility with your workloads.

    The answer to third question: If you decide to switch to an alternative VM size or series, here are some pre and post-checks to consider.

    ·       Ensure that the new VM size meets the resource requirements of your workloads.

    ·       Check for GPU compatibility and driver support for your specific applications.

    ·       Review the pricing to understand the cost implications of the change.


    ·       After migrating to a new VM size, validate that your applications work as expected.

    ·       Test GPU-related workloads to ensure they perform well on the new VM.

    ·       Monitor the performance and resource utilization of the VM to make any necessary adjustments.

    You can find more details about VM sizes by clicking below link :

    Azure VM sizes - GPU - Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Learn

    Hope this helps you.

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  3. suresh Reddy 41 Reputation points

    Hello Team, Thank you for sharing the details,

    Can you give a reason why there is such a restricted quota for NVv4 vCPUs? Are the VM Series quotas you've recommended similarly limited to the NVv4 series? Thank you.