Windows XP setup just finished inside a Parallels virtual machine (the one that uses Intel Virtualization Technology), and it’s fast. The fastest VM I’ve ever used.
I created a VM to give XP 512 MB of RAM (2GB total on my Mac mini). It’s reporting one “T2300″ processor (how the Core Duo shows up in Windows) at 1.66 GHz, currently throttled down to 722MHz (the processor can scale up or down depending on load). So it seems that one of the two cores is dedicated to running XP in the virtual machine. Sweet. I’ve got a screenshot I’ll post soon.
I’m doing more testing and fiddling around, but first impression is that Parallels‘ solution is very usable. At $49 it’s affordable, too.
Plus it makes me happy to see a cool Intel technology finally get a cool real world use. I’m proud to work for Intel today.