We’ll start our Parallels 11 benchmarks off with the popular cross-platform benchmarking tool, Geekbench. Available for virtually every modern computing platform — Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS — Geekbench aims to provide universally comparable scores of relative performance across multiple device types. It’s important to note, however, that Geekbench tests only a device’s CPU and memory performance, and doesn’t look at other important areas such as graphics or storage.
We ran the 64-bit benchmark test three times on each Windows installation using Geekbench 3.3.2, the latest version as of the date of publication. Geekbench reports two sets of results: one for single-core performance and one for multi-core performance. We’ll start with single-core results, below:
Right off the bat, we see that Parallels 11 offers small, but measurable performance gains over Parallels 10, to the tune of about 5 percent in all tests. More interesting, however, is how close Parallels 11 is to native performance, with an even smaller delta of just over 4 percent.
Switching to the multi-core tests, we see the same basic pattern, although Parallels 11 actually increases its average improvement over its predecessor by up to 17 percent, indicating that the Parallels engineering teams have continued to refine multi-core efficiency and utilization. Parallels 11 still falls short of native performance, but only by about 7 percent.
Of note, multi-core memory performance is quite good for both Parallels 10 and Parallels 11, with the latter less than 2 percent slower than native speed.