I just read the blogpost Optimizing Performance with Autodesk Software, Windows, Parallels, and Mac OS X on Ideates blog, a great overview of the experience of Derek Wielkopolski when going from PC to Mac in a job where you are depending on using Autodesk software (and other PC software) on a daily basis. And heads up for breaking down some of the The-Construction-industry-is-only-for-windows-taboos.
Ok, my 5 cents:
I’ve been using various systems for using windows on a Mac, and I’m currently running windows using Parallels desktop for macon a 1 year old quad-core Macbook pro with 4 GB ram and 128 GB Solid-state drive (SSD).
I have allocated 2 CPUS and (only) 1,5 GB of ram to the installation (The recommended allocation) , and it runs smooth – much better than on most PCs I’ve used!
But in my experience the trick is the SSD, as Harddisk access is the biggest roadblock today for most computers, especially when your working with applications that use huge amounts of virtual memory – Revit for instance. I only bought a 128 GB SSD (the price in ind) and I have to keep the harddisk neat and tight. But today I would have bought a bigger drive.
Earlier on I’ve been using VM ware Fusion, but the newest versions of Parallels Desktop seem to be beating Fusion in every way in all the test I have read on the Internet. Especially on the 3D graphics side Parallels is superior.
I have used Bootcamp earlier, but the last three times I’ve tried to install it it has made error with the Hard disk, and failed the installation. So now I only run windows directly from a Parallels installation. This allows me to use the ‘Sleep’ mode for quick disconnection of windows – but I rarely use this, as booting/shutting down windows is extremely fast.
After 5 years of working with Revit and other Autodesk applications on Mac I would newer go back to a windows PC only, and I would newer work without a SSD as my primary harddisk.
Share your experience, we’re more Mac users than you think.