Whereas the 3DMark benchmarks are focused on gaming, Futuremark’s PCMark benchmark aims to measure overall system performance in a variety of categories. The test automates tasks such as Web browsing, video chatting, creating complex spreadsheets in Excel, and editing images in Photoshop. We conducted three of PCMark’s tests: the Home test, the Microsoft Office test, and the Adobe Creative Cloud test, hoping to give us a look at a workflow that’s more representative of a “real world” scenario. The results are reported in arbitrary “points,” with a larger number of points equaling better performance.
Of note, PCMark by default runs each test three times per benchmark cycle, so each test was only manually initiated once for each Windows installation.
After a series of lackluster results, here we finally see Parallels 11 once again jump ahead of its predecessor. While native performance still easily wins the race, Parallels 11 offers significant performance gains over Parallels 10 by between 7 and 18 percent. This test may also be among the most meaningful, as it represents real-world situations that are likely to be performed by those interested in virtualization software.