Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I got Vmware Fusion 4 when I bought my MAC Book Pro ( core i7 2.0Ghz Quad Core 6MB Cache, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD). I installed Win7 first on Vmware and then later WinXp. In both case the Virtual Machine was slow, it lagged and even the host OS LION, started to lag.

I assigned 1.5GB to 700++MB RAM and also gave upto 4 cores, but performance was slow. Did some research online and found that Parallels 7 is alternate to vmware. But is parallels 7 better in performance compared to vmware fusion 4?

share|improve this question
    
You might also want to consider VirtualBox, which is free and currently almost up to the features of Parallels and VMWare. It is a little bit less polished though (e.g. the 'guest additions' which give e.g. better mouse integration don't install automatically). [I was a previous Parallels user, up to version 4, but have since switched to VirtualBox] –  Rabarberski Oct 13 '11 at 7:23
1  
This is a loaded question, and mileage will vary depending on the user and use case. In most review Parallels outperform VMWare 4, but those are still opinions and not facts. –  Diago Oct 13 '11 at 7:28
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Ars Technica recently did a rundown of the performance differences between Parallels 7 and VMware Fusion 4: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/10/virtual-showdown-parallels-desktop-7-and-vmware-fusion-4-reviewed.ars

The general takeaway seemed to me to be that Parallels is delivering better performance outside some very particular uses.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.