VMWare Fusion Thrashed By Parallels Desktop In Terms Of Graphics Performance…. But Does It Matter?

Frequent readers will recall that I did a head to head comparison of VMWare Fusion 3 and Parallels Desktop 5 a while ago and I didn’t really name a winner as it depended on your needs and I didn’t have an objective way of measuring the two products. Good thing that MacTech did that for me when it comes to the graphics performance of the two products, and they’ve posted a video with their results:

The above video has 2 MacBook Pros running Windows XP in virtual machines on Mac OS 10.6.2 via VMWare Fusion 3 and Parallels Desktop 5. The winner? Parallels Desktop 5. But before you run out and get Parallels Desktop 5 to play Crysis, you should note this. I still wouldn’t use a virtual machine to play video games as you’re going to get better performance from using Boot Camp which runs XP, Vista, or Windows 7 without the overhead of a virtual machine. But if you need to run some sort of a PC based application on your Mac that requires 3D support, it might be worth giving Parallels Desktop 5 a try. Oh yeah, I should note that they recently kicked out a update that increases the speed of virtual machines as well as adding Google Chrome support, not to mention a ton of other improvements.

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