Bootcamp/Parallels in 2019

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by DVNIEL, May 13, 2019.

  1. DVNIEL macrumors 6502a

    DVNIEL

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    Once upon a time when Apple first transitioned to Intel and gave us Bootcamp, I used it. But all I remember was for the next couple of years it was buggy, drivers weren’t always there, and my fans would go nuts.

    Job needs me to use windows programs, but don’t wanna spend money on a new machine. How is Bootcamp these days? Runs efficiently? Do I still need to worry about drivers? Running a 2017 13” MBP w/ TB.

    Feedback would be great. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

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    You will see some overhead when running a virtualized environment on top of your operating system; that's unavoidable. Depending on how heavy software you're using and how many resources you're using in macOS simultaneously the impact may be anything from almost imperceptible to considerable.
     
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    It is pretty darn good for the most part. In some cases you are better off with mfr drivers than Apple's drivers provided by Bootcamp, if mfr drivers are available.

    I don't think you understand what Bootcamp is.
     
  4. Princess Cake macrumors 6502

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    I was running Parallels on my 2012 iMac solely to play games. I was running Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim on Very High settings with a butt-load of mods and graphical tweaks and still hitting 60FPS.

    I think you'll be safe with productivity applications ;)
     
  5. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

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    The question in the topic includes the name Parallels which is all about virtualization. The OP seems to have forgotten to ask about that just as I forgot to comment on Bootcamp. Since others did that, both topics are covered and all is well.
     
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    You are right, my apologies. I was being snarky and was wrong too.
     
  7. DVNIEL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The apps I’m using aren’t that resource heavy, but lots of scripts and macros.

    I like using bootcamp but even back in the day bootcamp would make my fans go wild.

    I pulled the trigger on purchasing windows 10 home and bought a lifetime copy of a virtualization app.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  8. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

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    I have/use both and while BootCamp runs faster and much nicer, I'll turn to Parallels 95% of the time. For that 5% it really comes down to what it is you're trying to do. For the performance difference the simplicity and convenience just makes my life simply. I would get a Parallels trial license and give it a go and see how it works for you. If its not enough its not enough and you'll know pretty quick.
     

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