Macbook Air upgrade - using Visual Studio 2010

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by freefalls, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. freefalls macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008

    I currently have a mid 2009 intel core 2 duo MBP with SSD and 8GB RAM.

    I have Parallels open during the work day using Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008, etc.

    The current setup handles this real well. But I'm travelling a lot these days and would prefer the MBA's form factor.

    If I get the MBA 2011 i5 (faster processor) but half the RAM (4GB vs 8GB), will I notice a downgrade?

    Is anyone here using MBA with Parallels and Visual Studio programming?

    I've done tons of search on google but I am unable to find someone who is using this in the real world.

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    I'd suspect the reason you're not likely to find anyone doing this in the real world is because it's not a good idea to run an extensive virtual machine with so little actual RAM.
  3. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Can you get by with just 1.5 gb of RAM for your windows virtual machine?

    If so then your setup may be ok ... your system is going to start getting impacted quite a bit if you setup your vm with more ram than that.

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