VMWare Fusion 6 & Parallels Desktop 9 Benchmarks
Some benchmark comparisons between Parallels Desktop 9 and VMWare Fusion 6.
Following up on some of my recent articles about the launch of Parallels Desktop 9.0, and VMWare Fusion 6, I thought it would be useful to do some side by side benchmark comparisons. I’ve run the PCMark 7 benchmarks on both platforms against a machine with the following resources allocated:
- 4 Cores (8 showing as hyper-threading)
- 4Gb RAM
- Hard Disk stored on a SATA-3 SSD
The PCMark 7 results for both are shown below - Parallels on the Left, VMWare Fusion on the right - click on the image for a larger version.
As you can see, Parallels Desktop 9 has a very slight advantage over Fusion - but in the scheme of things they’re so close as for the difference to be negligible.
What is interesting though is the snapshotting process - it seems to be far slower on Fusion than the same operation on Parallels? Taking a snapshot for example on my clean Windows 8 machine takes about four minutes compared to seconds on Parallels - what’s that about?
Anyways, the video below shows a run through of the benchmarks and associated performance options.