Parallels CPU Usage?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by storage, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. storage macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    I just have a quick question on Parallels, how much CPU power does it use? I mean, if you are doing nothing in a non-graphical Linux?

    I tried searching but found nothing (except 499 threads I didn't bother looking through).

    Thank you in advance.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Command line linux doesn't take much to run by itself, but it matters what you are going to do with command line. If you are going to compile something, it will bacically be like on a regular PC in that it will take the amount of processor it needs to get something done as fast as possible. I'm not sure if Parallels can be like VMware where you can give only one processor to the virtual machine. By the way, I'm guessing at the Parallels thing, but I used VirtualPC on the PPC Macs, which when running windows didn't even use full processor unless you were doing something intensive. And that needed to translate from x86 to PPC. So my guess is that its not that bad.
  3. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
  4. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004
    not sure if this is helpful, but windows xp on MBP 2.16 idling using about 10-14% of one CPU

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