Mac-Pro vs. iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by clembo67, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. clembo67 macrumors newbie

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    I need your help. I'have iMac Mid 2011 (I7 + 256SSD + 1Tb + 16 GB RAM).
    I work with Parallels desktop with many virtual machine and intensive DB application (SQL Server).
    My question is: Can new Mac Pro help me to better performance (quad core) working with parallels or not?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

    LostSoul80

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    Virtual machines eat up plenty of RAM. I doubt you'd benefit from a new Mac Pro base configuration.
    I'd suggest looking to upgrade your machine RAM if it supports more than 16 GB.
     
  3. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    I do similar stuff, but VM's in Fusion instead of Parallels. Both products use hyper threading properly and use loads of RAM. Where is your current setup constrained? CPU, RAM, disk I/O? If it were me I'd look to get the 8-core nMP (seems to be the best price point), add the D500's (not much difference in price to the D300's), 512 GB SSD and 12GB RAM - upgrade the RAM to 64GB 3rd-party.

    I would use the SSD for creating VM's, then run them from a thunderbolt array such as a Promise Pegasus 2. I have one of these and using the standard HDD's it's okay for VM's. If I were doing a load of stuff that was highly transactional I'd replace the HDD's in the Pegasus with SDD's.
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

    derbothaus

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    SSD and memory make the biggest impact on VM's. Unless you are running more than 2 then you need more than a Quad core. Getting a quad core nMP to replace a recent quad core iMac is not the greatest idea. Gains will be slim.
     

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