Just gotta run Windows on your Mac? Then you need to know which of the two most popular (and powerful) virtualization solutions has got the juice to get the job done while keeping your Mac creamy smooth and your virtue untarnished.
Thereupon, you could try out VMWare 2 and Parallels 4 on your own””both products are available in trial versions (VMWare demo, Parallels demo). Still, you want to let someone you trust do the work for you, benchmarking and documenting the whole process.
Well, according to the stop watch clicking, screen cap snapping lads at MacTech, the best overall virtualization solution in terms of performance is Parallels by a margin of 14 to 20 percent, depending on the particulars.
Yes, there are situations where VMWare does come out ahead, but all-in-all Parallels is the faster way to run XP and / or Vista on your Macintosh, according to the benchmarks recorded by MacTech. Still, there’s more to the picture than the raw numbers can tell us:
“Both VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac are excellent products, and both allow you to run Windows XP and Vista quite well. In the end, your decision as to which product you should take into account what’s most important to you: speed, footprint, graphics capabilities, features, user interface, OS you want to run, and more all come into play”"”MacTech
For exaxmple, whereas Parallels couldn’t playback HD video at all, VMWare managed only sputtering performances on the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac, but was able to play it fine on the Mac Pro. Likewise, while Parallels Desktop won the FPS test across the board in Civilization IV: Colonization, VMWare had difficulties displaying that game’s opening video.
How each solution performs will depend on what software and games you intend on using.
That said, if you are in the market for both a new Mac and a virtualization solution, let MacMall and ClubMac make up your mind for you””both offer a free after rebate copy of Parallels with any new Mac purchase.
Looking for more reasons to choose Parallels over VMWare? VMWare requires you to register, provide your email, agree to their EULA and opt of marketing spam all before you get the chance to download or evaluate anything””bad form guys.
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