FurMark OpenGL Benchmark
OpenGL support has been relatively limited in previous versions of Fusion and Parallels, but Fusion 8 surprised us with the inclusion of OpenGL 3.3 support, up from version 2.1 last year. We’ve therefore added a new benchmark to our test suite: FurMark. FurMark is a demanding OpenGL benchmark and stress test that measures GPU performance and OpenGL compliance. It offers several benchmark presets based on resolution, but due to the nature of our mobile hardware and the limited GPU capabilities in our VMs, we stuck with the 720p and 1080p tests. Results are reported as a proprietary “score” with a higher number equaling better performance.
Fusion 8’s improved graphics performance and OpenGL support give it a big lead over Parallels 11, scoring 28 percent higher at 720p and 48 percent higher at the more demanding 1080p resolution. For those who need to use virtualized OpenGL-based applications, it’s worth noting that Fusion 8 is only about 5-10 percent slower than native performance.