VMware Fusion 3 or Parallels Desktop 5

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hansie, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. hansie macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    Hi, which of the two Virtual Machines is the most useable for me. I would like to do the folowing things with Windows 7:

    * Look how my site looks under Internet Explorer.
    * Use Microsoft Office 2007.
    * Play games from the Orange Box via Steam.

    Which one should i take: VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Testing your site on IE and using MS Office 2007 will work just fine on either. Playing games, though, will have varying results. Keep in mind that both Parallels 5 and VMware 3 are limited to DirectX 9.0EX (9.0c) support, and don't support DX10 or 11 yet.
  3. hansie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    I just saw at wikipedia that the orange box only needs directx 8. So that woul'n't be a real problem I think. Only the problem, at which VM the Orange Box is going to run better?
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you're wanting to play games, then I recommend that you use Bootcamp over any virtual solution. If you're still intent on using virtual programs, parallels provides the best performance for games, but at a cost of stability.

    That is vmware is a more stable product then parallels.
  5. hansie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    so you recommend Parallels Desktop 5 for me?
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Both Parallels and Fusion have free trials available. Just download and try them both.

    Decide for yourself which you think suits your needs.

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