2013 Mac Book Pro Speeds Up Windows VM Significantly

I am running Windows 8.1 with Visual Studio 2013 and .NET Framework 4.5.1 in a Parallels VM under OS/X Mavericks on a 2012 Mac Book Pro.  I will be doing some things with the hardware, OS and system configuration to speed things up.

Recently, I ran tests against my Windows development VM running on a new late 2013 Mac Book Pro (2.6Ghz I7 Haswell with 1TB PCIe flash storage).  The scores:

PassMark Overall: 3424(33.91% improvement)
PassMark DiskMark Overall: 4080 (40.20% improvement)
Build/Test Large .NET App: 3:29 (16.4% improvement)

The bulk of the improvement comes courtesy of the lighting fast PCIe flash drive in the new Mac Book Pro.

I’ve posted a complete list of results on Google Docs.

Author: Tom Cabanski

Software Developer and Entrepreneur

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