What is better for PC games...boot camp or parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by pinggggggggg, May 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a new macbook pro 2.5 ghz 4gb ram...what would be the best option to use for windows only 3d gaming?
     
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    webgoat

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    boot camp
     
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    Siron

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    BOOT CAMP Does that answer your question :D
    Seriously Parallels would be okay for running very simple games that don't require any serious 3D graphics but it cannot handle any of the FPS or RPG games.
    Alan
     
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    What about autoCAD programs like SolidWorks? I have a 2.16GHz Macbook 2GB of RAM.
     
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    Of course bootcamp and running native Windows is the best solution, but if you must run both at the same time pick VMware Fusion 1.1.1 over Parellels because it has support for 3D via shader model 2 and Direct-X 9.0, although deemed "experimental" even in this stable release.

    The lastest beta for the 2.0 series is available here but remember this is not a stable release yet and all the usual concerns, cautions and warnings apply for that kind of software, but it looks VERY promising.

    -jim
     
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    So yeah no Direct X 10 yet?
     
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    I have tried both Fusion and Bootcamp for Vista on my iMac. Bootcamp works very well whereas the graphics on Fusion were so slow even solitaire would not work smoothly.
    So for me its Bootcamp.
     
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    Well, that's proprietary to Vista in terms of a stable release (alpha stage for XP as of this writing). Since it's so new not even all the game manufacturers support it yet, much less the vendors who make the top rated 3D graphics cards sold in enough volume to keep prices low. So when you ask about support for the latest/greatest, bear in mind these limitations while the product slowly expands in the new market to meet demand. Meaning, it takes time for the technology to become standardized and stable before it is supported by third party vendors like Parallels and VMware Fusion.

    -jim
     

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