BootCamp, Parallel or VMware Fusion?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by icedd, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. icedd macrumors 6502

    icedd

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    Hey guys, I'm a new mac user, so please bare with me. :D

    I'm currently trying to put windows onto my macbook pro and was wondering which of the 3 should i use? I'm mainly going to be using windows for gaming, which one would you recommend?

    Any tips, help would very much be appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

    RedRaven571

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    Since (most) games are fairly demanding on system resources, your best bet is to use Boot Camp to install Windows so you can run it directly; virtual machine programs (Fusion/Parallel) run Windows in a window so both OSs are using system resources at the same time.

    Not only that but, as long as you already have a Windows disk (and license, of course), it doesn't cost anything extra to use Boot Camp.:)
     
  3. evilted macrumors newbie

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    The current MBP is a pretty decent platform for Windows games, but whether you try to run under Fusion 2 (which lacks OpenGL support) or Parallels, I think you will be very disappointed with the performance of your Windows games relative to what you'd see if you had installed a Boot Camp partition and ran them natively.

    I'm playing some older games, and even they don't work well (at all) when virtualized. Call of Duty 2 was unplayable, and Doom 3 won't even run (lack of OpenGL under Fusion 2).




     
  4. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    Use BootCamp for best results. Or Parallels 4.0 if you're keen on trying virtualization.
     

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