VMware Fusion 3 or Parallels Desktop 5

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  1. hansie macrumors newbie

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    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

    wrldwzrd89

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    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

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    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

    maflynn

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    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

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    @maflynn:
    so you recommend Parallels Desktop 5 for me?
     
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    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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