Gaming on Parallels + Performance

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by SandroV, May 4, 2021 at 6:42 AM.

  1. SandroV

    SandroV Bit Poster

    Hi all,
    running Parallels latest version on a new MBA 7 Core, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD.
    Two questions:
    1. The Windows UI is visibly lagging and stuttering (e.g. slight mouse lag, start menu open is stuttery). Is this normal? The last time I used Parallels was on a 2012 MacBook Pro and back then performance simply wasn't there. However, the MBAs should be powerful and Parallels optimized enough - or is this an issue with the M1 only?

    2. Trying to run various games inside Parallels gives me graphical glitches; see screenshots. I tried an older game (Battle for Middle Earth II) and something very recent (Age of Empires III DE). Performance on the AoE is really poor - extremely long loading times (45 sec; compared to 5 on my MacBook Pro 16" running Windows) and it's only running at around 20-25fps on low details with 1440x800 resolution. Shouldn't the performance be a bit better?

    Any help :)

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  2. MichaelH63

    MichaelH63 Kilo Poster

    1) in my experience this is the best Windows has ever run using Parallels, but I have a MBA with 16 GB RAM.
    How many processor cores and how much RAM have you allocated to Windows in the configuration settings?
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  3. SandroV

    SandroV Bit Poster

    I've allocated 4 and 7 GB (out of the 8). Same thing. Not a RAM thing, feels more like a CPU/GPU thing here (stuttering).
    Regarding the game: Anyone have any idea why I get these graphical glitches?

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