How well does the 8 core i7 & 32GB RAM MBP work with VMs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mossme89, May 26, 2019.

  1. mossme89 macrumors 6502a

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    8 cores and 32GB of RAM sounds like heaven for frequent VM users. I currently have a 4 core Haswell with 16GB of RAM and it’s a pain in the butt because if I allocate more than 2 cores and 4GB of RAM, my Mac system becomes a lag fest.

    Big question though. Have you noticed thermal throttling during extended VM use? If so, how bad? I can tolerate some throttling but when it throttles back to 800Mhz, that’s just unacceptable.
     
  2. c0LdFire macrumors regular

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    I can run an idling 200MB Linux installation in a VM, so this question is so incredibly vague that it is impossible to answer.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I've been running Vms on an 8GB and 12 GB machines. Depending on your needs and usage, 16 may be more then enough. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  4. Conutz macrumors regular

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    I have last year’s 6-core entry-level with 32GB and 1TB. Was running 3 Windows VMs today, all good. I’m sure the 8-core will be too.
     
  5. DaveBerry macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the info @Conutz, this is one of the main reasons I'm looking to upgrade from my 2013 macbook, more memory and storage. 8 core will be nice too.
     

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