I just got the opportunity to try out the latest version of VMware and thought I’d do a quick Windows Experience Index on Boot Camp, Parallels and VMware to see what the performance is like before my new MacBook Pro 17″ arrives (hopefully on Friday!)
When I installed Leopard on my machine I took the opportunity to carve out a dedicated 20GB partition again to put a fresh install of Vista on. As well as being able to boot natively this also now means I can run my single Windows partition switching between native, Parallels or VMware at will which admittedly drives Windows Activation crazy.
|Hardware||MacBook Pro 2GHz “MacBookPro1,1”|
|Memory||2048MB DDR2 667MHz|
|Processor||2.0GHz Core Duo|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon X1600 256MB|
|Operating system||Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.1|
|Memory||848MB (Virtual machines only)|
|Disk||20GB Boot Camp partition|
|Operating system||Microsoft Vista Ultimate Edition 32-bit|
- No other applications running in OS X or Vista
- Full-screen mode
- Vendors guest OS tools & drivers installed
3.0 5570 beta
|Primary hard disk||5.9||5.9||5.9|
Processor: A little surprising given that VMware supports multiple cores but that Parallels doesn’t.
Memory: To be expected given that the VM was only running with less RAM.
Graphics: Disappointing and likely caused by the VM vendors graphics drivers not being WDM which based.
Gaming graphics: Very disappointing and caused by lack of DirectX 9 graphics support.
Hard disk: Like processor this is a pleasant surprise.
After my new 17″ MacBook Pro arrives (hopefully this Friday) I will produce another set of scores which should show how much faster the 2.6GHz is with all the options and let me compare like-for-like on the memory front.
I also want to run some Visual Studio 2008 build time comparisons (probably of SubSonic) because compilations are what really counts ;-) If you have any further suggestions for benchmarks, leave a comment!