The host is a MacBook Pro Retina with 16GB of ram.
My current settings for my Windows 8.1 virtual machine as of January 26th:
- 8GB of memory
- 4 CPU Cores
- Enabled nested virtualization (for WP development)
- 512 MB of video memory
- DirectX 10 3D acceleration
- Enabled Retina resolution
My environment is responsive but it's not good. The fan is constantly running and Parallels hogs about 300% of the CPU when I have Visual Studio and an WP Emulator running in Windows doing nothing but sitting idle.
As soon as I find my cable again, I'm going to turn off Nested Virtualization to see if that's the issue. Also I tried uninstalling Google Chrome that some posts recommend, but I'm unsure if that did any difference at all.
Please comment with your best tips for performance.