Benchmark results of SolidWorks in Bootcamp and Parallels

My previous post was about how I installed SolidWorks on my MacBook Pro with Retina display. My main problem (before I bought my MacBook) was that there are no numbers for comparison between BootCamp and Parallels. Mostly it's "It runs very fast" and "The virtual machine is a little bit slower"...

I love numbers to compare so here is my setup and here are the results.

I used the following benchmark files from SolidMuse:

Situation 1: my new MacBook Pro with Retina display

  • Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit, SP1, running from BootCamp
  • 2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7
  • 8 GB Ram
  • Intel Graphics 4000 (shared) + NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 1GB

Situation 2: Same as Situation 1 but

  • Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit, SP1 running from Parallels
  • Parallels running 4 CPU cores
  • Parallels running with 4096 MB memory
  • Parallels video memory 1 GB

Situation 3: my Workstation XW6600

  • Windows XP Pro, 64 bit, SP2
  • 2x Intel Xeon Quadcore 2.5 GHz, E5420
  • 16 GB Ram
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600, 768 MB

Results:

Punchholder benchmark
SolidWorks 2012 SP5.0, CRTL+Q for rebuild of model, results from feature statistics info.

Setup Rebuild # Time
1: MacBook with Bootcamp 1 57.89 s
2 60.14 s
2: MacBook with Parallels 1 69.85 s
2 74.91 s
3: HP XW6600 Workstation 1 114.61
2 119.66

Scoobie Doo Surface model benchmark
SolidWorks 2012 SP5.0, CRTL+Q for rebuild of model, results from feature statistics info.

Setup Rebuild # Time
1: MacBook with Bootcamp 1 12.70 s
2 11.86 s
2: MacBook with Parallels 1 13.91 s
2 12.78 s
3: HP XW6600 Workstation 1 22.41 s
2 22.40 s

Photoview 360 Lighter assembly benchmark
SolidWorks 2012 SP5.0, 1024x786 px, fileformet Tif, results from photo view 360 window.

Setup Good Better Best Maximum
1: MacBook with Bootcamp 19.8 s 50.8 s 1 m 55.0 s 4 m 42.9 s
2: MacBook with Parallels 11.9 s 1 m 2.0 s 2 m 20.3 s 6 m 6.3 s
3: HP XW6600 Workstation 13.0 s 1 m 3.7 s 2 m 26.3 s 6 m 0.4 s

Generally I noticed that when you run SolidWorks from your BootCamp disk inside Parallels that you do not have a very responsive display while modelling. For example it takes visual effort to draw the lines on the edges of the punch holder.

For doing real work for customers I would choose for the Bootcamp setup. Visual most attractive and fast. Only problem lies with SolidWorks itself. Though the big icons can be used in the command manager. All other icons (from menu and normal toolbars) are very small due to the incredible screen resolution. Another reason to use those keyboard shortcuts :) .

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