ZoD submitted a comment on the previous Virtual Vista post about “what kind of results would Super PI get on the Host. I think it’s important to get a sense of what you’re losing(in terms of speed, not graphics) when virtualising Vista.” I don’t know how I forgot to test such a simple concept, but I’m making up for it.
I ran SuperPI on a real Windows Vista partition with exactly the same memory allocation size to give a side-by-side comparison of the speed difference between a virtualized (VMware Server) and real OS environment.
The real Vista started off 2 seconds faster than VMware and finished 14 seconds earlier, with just a 7% margin. Considering the benefits of security, ease and accessibility virtualization offers, this nothing short of amazing. Kudos to Keith and the VMware team!
Remember, this result was tested from unoptimized hardware configurations. I bet if I had a dedicated drive for the virtual machine and defragmented the virtual disk image, the result would have been even better!