VirtualBox review in Macworld


As a follow on to his review of VirtualBox 2.0.6 in December, Rob Griffiths revisited 2.1.4, specifically noting the addition of Intel VT-x hardware and OpenGL acceleration support.

Rob rated the product 3.5 out 5 and highlighted VirtualBox's "good virtual machine performance; multiple snapshot support; SATA hard drive emulation; virtual machine manager; 64-bit support."

In addition to Macworld, the review also ran in PC World and Network World.

The reviewer performed OpenGL testing using CINEBENCH and found, "VirtualBox took 300 seconds to complete the OpenGL animation test. With OpenGL acceleration enabled in VirtualBox, the time dropped to about 45 seconds, a tremendous improvement."
Sun xVM VirtualBox
Rob noted, "With the addition of hardware virtualization, support for 64-bit guest operating systems, and OpenGL support, VirtualBox has become an even-better free solution."

He concluded, "I've been impressed with how well it works for most typical projects, and you can't beat the price. If Sun continues to improve VirtualBox at a rapid rate, it may soon catch up to its competitors in the virtualization arena."

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