Virtualization Benchmark Showdown – Parallels 10 vs. Fusion 7 vs. VirtualBox
Similar to PCMark, Passmark PerformanceTest 8.0 is another benchmark that aims to take an overall look at system performance. It measures CPU, 2D, 3D, memory, and disk performance to calculate an overall Passmark rating, which forms the basis of the Passmark benchmark database. Results are reported both as an overall score and as individual scores within each testing category. A higher score equals better performance.
From a computational and graphics perspective, Parallels 10 wins again, although Fusion 7 takes a small victory in terms of disk performance. Parallels’ large margin of victory in the 3D graphics test requires further explanation, however. Some benchmarks, such as PCMark, will refuse to post a score if a system fails any of the included tests. PerformanceTest, on the other hand, will still spit out a result in the event of a failure, but heavily penalize the system as compensation.
That’s what happened here; the 3D Graphics test includes portions that test DirectX 10 performance. Parallels offers limited, but functional, DirectX 10 support. Fusion and VirtualBox do not. Parallels would have still likely won the category absent this reality, but not by as wide of a margin.
Also interesting is VirtualBox’s abysmal Disk score, although you’ll see later on that the disparity is somewhat confirmed in real-word file transfer tests.