Visual Studio Performance on VM

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Supercell, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Supercell macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2011

    Does anyone have experience running VS2012 in a virtual environment (Fusion or Parallels)? How is the performance when running multiple instances at once?

    Should I go VM or go with Bootcamp?

    I'm ordering a rMBP next week. Doing some research.
  2. dza macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2013
    I would say every programmer is a bit impatient. If you're not impatient, you're probably not a good programmer ;)

    Multiple instances is hard to guess.

    Basically a large program like Visual Studio will always "lag" a bit. Even on my i7-4770k it lags in large menus with dynamic content etc.

    It's not at all gonna be perfect. But I believe you can get some of the best performance by enabling:
    "Adaptive Hypervisor" in Parallels.

    I can't talk for VMware Fusion since I haven't tried it yet - so I don't know whether people experience snappier Windows Environment or not. Alot of these performance statistics change with both major and minor versions - so it's hard to tell.

    One thing I can recommend for Visual Studio in particular is disabling:
    "Rich Client Experience"

    Described in detail here:

    The whole software-team at my old work noticed a difference straight away :) But let me say also, that the previous version before VS2012 was indeed alot faster - I noticed lots of slowdowns when I upgraded at my old work.

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