2014 mid model mini with VMware

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ics1974, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Ics1974, Oct 25, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014

    Ics1974 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2014
    Thinking of getting the mid model mac mini 2014 with the 8GB of Ram.
    Will it be powerful enough for a single win 7 VMware image running? Will use occasionally for some of my old windows apps.
    I will also use the mini for streaming movies and other standard stuff like email, Internet, garage band recordings and picture editing.
    I know the i7 quad core is better for vm but I am concerned about the outdated graphics chip years down the road. If the single core i5 will do a single VMware image running I think I will get the 2014 model.
  2. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    I have parallels 10 running on a mid tier 2014 mac mini with 256 gb pcie. I had parallels 10 using 1 core and windows was somewhat slow, set it to two core and coupled to the 256gb pcie flash, it flies and doesn't bog down mac OS X either. You are still constrained by your memory though which I have 8gb. For just productivity apps across windows and mac it is fine. But don't plan on heavy gaming under windows.
  3. Ics1974 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2014
  4. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    The CPU will be fine. I run windows 7 in Virtualbox on my dual core 13" retina MBP so the mini should handle it just fine. The key thing is RAM when it comes to virtual machines. I have 16GB and allocate 4GB to windows 7. You might want to limit it to 2 or 3GB.
  5. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Is anyone running VMWare Fusion successfully on the low end 1.4GHz mini with 4GB? My mom needs a new computer and she's on a budget. The 1.4 mini would be perfect for her, but unfortunately she needs to run VMWare sometimes, since a particular software she uses is Windows only.
  6. MRrainer macrumors 65816

    Aug 8, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Try to get hold of a basic 2012 model, replace the RAM with 2+8 GB RAM and a 256GB Crucial SSD. That should do the trick.
    Do you love your mom? Don't make her use the base 2014 Mini with VMware!

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