Both applications were configured to virtualize Windows on a 2011 27-inch iMac running on OS X 10.8.1 at 3.4 GHz with 16 GB of RAM for this showdown. The comparison specifically measured their ability to handle the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 Pro.
Check out the results below:
From a purely performance-based perspective, Parallels has won this year’s competition of virtualization software on OS X. The good news for consumers, however, is that Fusion is not far behind in most categories and, while Parallels is indeed faster, Fusion is often fast enough for common tasks.
Go to The Mac Observer for the full breakdown and more graphs.
- VMware announces Fusion 5 with 70 new features including Retina and Airplay, starting at $49.99 (9to5mac.com)
- Parallels 8 virtualization software goes live for all users with Retina support, faster graphics, startup and more (9to5mac.com)
- Parallels 8 virtualization software goes live for existing users, new users can download September 4th (9to5mac.com)