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

    Jul 2, 2009
    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

    Jul 10, 2013
    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


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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


    Oct 24, 2014
    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


    May 27, 2019
    UK, Yorkshire
    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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