Games on Parrallels vs. Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AnthonyKinyon, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2006
    I use Boot Camp now and love it. I've heard performance is very good on Parrallels - is it good enough for full screen 3D gaming under OS X? I know Boot Camp will be faster since it is 100% native, etc. and not in a VM, etc. - I'm just curious how Parrallels stacks up. If it isn't able to do gaming it isn't worth me buying - though it is a cool product still.
  2. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    It must split the RAM with Mac OS X. Therefore, it will be slower. Also, it must split gfx, cpu, etc.
  3. Twenty1 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2006
    Tried it, doesn't really work...

    I tried running a few older games (Sim City 3000, Civ 3, etc) in Paralells and it wasn't great. Paralells can run the games, but the performance on these older games wasn't worth the trouble. For me, I set up Boot Camp in a small 5 GB partition just to play these older games. Any newer games I want to play I'll either buy for my xBox (gasp! a Mac user who owns an xBox) or wait for the OS X version...
  4. spriter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2004
    Im pretty sure Parallels doesn't recognise dedicated GPUs... yet. My MacBook's 64MB GMA950 shows up as 8MB Virtual Video Adapter. So, you'd be screwed for 3D gaming methinks.

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