We continue our Parallels 11 vs. Fusion 8 benchmarks with a look at the latest version of the Cinebench test. Based on the powerful Cinema 4D animation software, Cinebench R15 is a cross-platform benchmark that tests a computer’s 3D rendering capabilities.
Cinebench looks at three primary categories: multi-thread CPU rendering, single-thread CPU rendering, and OpenGL 3D performance. There’s a problem with that last category, however, as there’s a bug in Fusion 8 that produces abnormally low results, and the resulting score of the test is not indicative of actual OpenGL performance. We’ve asked VMware about this bug and they told us that their priority for this release was to optimize OpenGL performance for productivity applications, but they’re investigating the cause of the issue in Cinebench. While we don’t think that this Cinebench bug as it stands today is an indictment of Fusion’s potential overall, it does suggest that users who are interested in OpenGL rendering via apps like Cinema 4D may wish to test performance via the Fusion and Parallels free trial programs to ensure adequate performance with their required apps.
All of that said, the CPU-based rendering tested by Cinebench performed without issue in all platforms. The scores in the chart below are based on comparative Cinebench “points,” with a higher number indicating better performance.
All virtualization platforms score relatively well in single-core rendering, and Parallels and Fusion are within 5 percent of native performance. When it comes to multi-core rendering, however, Fusion 8 again scores extremely close to native performance, while Parallels isn’t quite as efficient and falls about 10 percent short. As we saw earlier in the Geekbench tests, VirtualBox just can’t compare to its commercial competitors when it comes to multi-core efficiency, and trails Fusion by about 20 percent.