Parallels/Games

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  1. GaresTaylan macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone. I have been thinking of purchasing Parallels. I have some games that play great in Windows 7 via Bootcamp on my iMac (see sig) but play horribly in Parallels.

    I understand that Boot Camp is the far superior solution, but I do enjoy the ability to switch between Snow Leopard and Win7 on the fly.

    My question is really around whats holding me back. I am using the trial version of Parallels. Is it Parallels, my RAM (I have 2GB alotted to Win7) or because it emulates a video card I believe? These arent intense games... things like Icewind Dale and Diablo II.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Virtualization will never give you the performance you want
    If you game... Boot Camp
    It really is that simple

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. GaresTaylan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks
     
  4. 1ofthedavids macrumors regular

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    I agree with MacDawg. Virtualization is never going to compare to native hardware. The virtual hardware and drivers just can't compare to the native drivers and offer you the performance of the native stuff.

    I bought a copy of VMWare to boot my Windows partition for simple stuff (Spreadsheets, some Win-only apps), but when I want to play a game, I always just boot from Boot Camp.

    If you're thinking about buying Parallels, or any other VM solution, just consider what you'd be using it for. If you're doing some simple stuff here and there, it's not bad to have around to use, but if you're primarily gaming, then it's not really suitable.
     
  5. GaresTaylan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate the feedback. I was hoping that even something simple like running an emulator would be fine, but I get some chopping video and sound. There are a few people at work that swear by running games in Parallels and that is why I checked it out. Not sure what they were thinking!

    Too bad I cant run windows and use Parallels to boot into Snow Leopard.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Some of it depends on the actual games
    Some of it depends on the settings you use for Parallels and the games
    Some of it depends on your expectations for performance

    In the end, I think you would be disappointed

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Oldergames (like diablo 2 you said) should play fine in a VM depending on your hardware.

    I think you should beable to play Diablo2 in parallels with out any issues.
     
  8. GaresTaylan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm.. maybe Ill have to play with the settings more. I think Ive pretty much decided just to use bootcamp. When almost all of the above mentioned games (plus others) play I have a lot of lag in video and poor audio.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd recommend on not spending too much time trying to get the game going smoothly, since others have stated that virtualization has too much overhead and no direct access to the hardware to make it a serious contender for games.

    Just my $.02
     

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