Windows on Mac Performance, Part 2
I have a little more information as a followup from the last post about VMWare vs. Parallels vs. Apple Boot Camp. This time, I looked briefly at CPU and memory footprints at idle. VMWare is easy on the CPU at idle, using only 0-10% CPU. But it is very hungry for memory. 1,630MB resident and a total of over 2,300MB of virtual memory across all processes. Wow! It was configured to allocate 1,500MB RAM for Windows. You can see details below… (click for a bigger view)
In contrast, Parallels used a whopping 25-30% of the CPU at idle but far less memory. It was also configured to allocate 1,500MB RAM for Windows.