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skeechan
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[ML] Anyone try Fusion 5 yet? Faster?

Wondering if Fusion 5 is worth the upgrade.



dellsweig
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said by skeechan:

Wondering if Fusion 5 is worth the upgrade.

Just wondering the same....

Any thoughts as to using app store or VMware site to "purchase" an upgrade from 4 to 5....

Not real happy about having to pay 44$ for an upgrade to something I purchased back in March of this year......
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bbarrera
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reply to skeechan

No plans to run Win8 anytime soon, will only upgrade if there is a nice performance bump or memory shrink.



skeechan
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It's in the App Store? I don't see it. If it is, I'd get it from the App Store since there would then be no 'per seat' licensing.



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I only use my VM to run some old 16-bit DOS apps, but if the video performance is good, I'd toss Starfleet Command II on there.



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reply to skeechan

Grrr, I just updated to Fusion 4 on 7/12. The free upgrade starts on 7/25. Grr.



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bbarrera
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reply to skeechan

Some discussion over here:
»communities.vmware.com/community···p/fusion

I saw a few comments that Fusion 5 was faster than 4.

I am planning on upgrading to rMBP in the near future, so I might go ahead and upgrade sooner rather than later for the Retina and USB3 support. If some positive reviews come regarding performance of Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04, then it will be a slam dunk to upgrade now and enjoy benefits before buying the rMBP.



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I've upgraded ($50 from v4 to v5 Pro) and so far no problems but I haven't really done anything yet other than update the tools. The upgrade was super fast and Windows didn't require reactivation. Tomorrow I'll bring in my Starfleet Command CD and give it a whirl.



bbarrera
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I'm interested in compiling benchmarks as I only push my Windows and Linux virtual machines with cross-compiles for embedded ARM/MIPS/PowerPC. My Windows compiles are fairly lightweight, longest is about 5-10 minutes for rebuilding a full set of reference board examples. The Linux kernel compiles and platform builds can take 20-180 minutes. Any noticeable performance gains would convince me to upgrade.


Youngjm

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reply to skeechan

It does feel snappier on a VM with 1 cpu and 2gb of memory on a Late 2011 13in macbook running an i5. My windows experience score jumped from 4.3 to 4.7. Much of it due to 3D business graphics.

Startup and shutdown defiantly feels faster for both actual shutdowns and suspended VM's. They also claim battery life is improved when running a VM. (Will have to see on this over time)



skeechan
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What I noticed is startups and shutdowns with my XP VM are WAY quicker.



vukodlak75
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I just upgraded and all my VM's seem snappier.



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I upgraded to Fusion 4 after I installed Mountain Lion on August 5th. I guess I will receive my free Fusion 5 upgrade key via e-mail before Set. 30th.
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went out and bought it -- even though its brand new.
aside from vmware portal puking all over itself, the install was painless. interface is a lot more intuitive and robust. feels as if its teh snappier. suspend seemed quicker. battery life was a little better (running win7_32). i'll have to put it through its paces when i'm doing some heavier work.

i feel its worth the upgrade -- but i live inside of vmware (fusion on the mac, workstation on my linux machine).

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Been playing the well fermented Star Trek Starfleet Command 2 at 1280x1024 and it runs great. Under 4 there was occasional stuttering so 5 is definitely quicker.



RobNyc
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reply to skeechan

Not to get out of subject, but I guess everyone here chose VMware over Parallels ? I am still trying to find a good comparison thats up to date with both to decide even though I am leaning more towards vmware.



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Once Parallels 8 is rolled out, Mactech will benchmark them. Traditionally Parallels has been faster in most of the benchmarks. I prefer VMWare because I get more reliable printing support (parallels frequently tried to print outside the margins, cutting off the left edge of stuff I'm printing).



Metatron2008
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Parallels is almost as fast as bootcamp for gaming.

When I mean almost I mean very very close in performance. Like 95-99% close.



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said by RobNyc:

Not to get out of subject, but I guess everyone here chose VMware over Parallels ?

Not all. I had both "back when" but stuck with Parallels because it had better gaming support. I'm NOT a hardcore gamer but the games that I liked, Half-Life, etc. worked better with Parallels.

I think I'll wait a bit to upgrade to P8 but I will probably upgrade at some point.
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RobNyc
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reply to skeechan

I been using both as well and did notice Parallels to be better for Gaming.


lupus

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I've found Windows for Workgroups 3.11 is much snappier! :-P


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VMWare is claiming Fusion 5 is near native speed and probably puts it on par with Parallels 7 but I'd like to see how 8 performs. The last few Parallels versions have brought good improvements in speed, particularly graphics.



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said by lupus:

I've found Windows for Workgroups 3.11 is much snappier! :-P

If you want to play Teh Snappy game ...

lupus

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said by dennismurphy:

said by lupus:

I've found Windows for Workgroups 3.11 is much snappier! :-P

If you want to play Teh Snappy game ...

Nice!


skeechan
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First Fusion 5 vs Parallels 8 benchmarks I've seen.

»www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/···showdown



RobNyc
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I been playing Half-Life Opposing Force (steam win game) via VMWare Fusion 5 and I must say it feels like its running native.

I will be trying it out on Parallels soon and see how it handles.



skeechan
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Parallels 8 is noticeably faster with Starfleet Command II than Fusion 5.



bbarrera
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Parallels has long been faster for gaming.