2014 mid model mini with VMware

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  1. Ics1974, Oct 25, 2014
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    Ics1974 macrumors member

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    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    I know the i7 quad core is better for vm but I am concerned about the outdated graphics chip years down the road.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

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    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.
     
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  4. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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 6502a

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    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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