The Mac Observer recently ran benchmark tests to see which offers the best performance when running Windows on a Mac—Parallels, Fusion, VirtualBox, or Boot Camp.
The clear winner was Boot Camp, as it lets Windows run directly on Mac hardware, essentially turning your Mac into a high-end PC. For users that need to run OS X and Windows at the same time, however, virtualization software is a better option, and Parallels 8 ($80) was the overall winner there. VirtualBox was an acceptable option for basic virtualization needs, and its free price tag is a nice bonus.
Check out the complete benchmark results here.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.