With discrete graphics management, you can manage battery use and performance of applications that are using 3D graphics in a virtual machine.

Verify that the following items are in place.

Verify that your MacBook Pro has an integrated graphics card and a discrete graphics card. Discrete graphics management allows the operating system to switch between the two cards.

Verify that 3D graphics are enabled.


From the VMware Fusion menu, select Virtual Machine > Settings > Display.


Confirm that the Accelerate 3D Graphics checkbox is selected.


Use the Battery Life drop-down menu to select the graphics performance option.



Don't Use High Performance Graphics (Longer Battery Life)

Maximizes battery life.

Use High Performance Graphics for 3D Applications Only

Balances battery life and 3D graphics performance.

Always Use High Performance Graphics (Shorter Battery Life)

Minimizes battery life.