than your standard windows PC? i ran into some turbulence because i forgot to install the windows 7 drivers and ended up wasting a DVD for Ubuntu but i am surprised at the speed. My windows laptop was not a powerhouse but it certainly wasn't bare bones either but my mac blows it out of the water lol. Parallels desktop kinda matched it in speed.I should have done this earlier lol. And there is nothing special about my mac, it is mid 2012 entry level. 4gb memory, 500gb space, all that jazz.