MBP 2012 to install Win7, Bootcamp or Vitrual Machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oldguru, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. oldguru, Sep 10, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

    oldguru macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    Hi, due to working reason, I need to install a Win7. It seems people saying the Bootcamp Win7 will make the MBP very heat. How is the virtual machine performance? what's the cons?

    I will need to do little bit coding (not often) with visual studio.

    Non retina MBP - 16G memory, 256G 830 SSD.

    1. Which will be heater ? Bootcamp or Parallels/VMWare?
    2. What is the performance gap between virtual machine with bootcamp?
    3. What's the battery life difference?

    What will be your recommendation?
  2. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    You got a lot of ram so Parallel 8 is your best bet. Just divide 8gb for mac and windows and you will be ok.

  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
  4. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I like VMWare Fusion over Parallels, better performance imo.
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Anything that requires more CPU and GPU go with bootcamp.
    Other than that I choose VMware over Parallel.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Always consider the source. It all depends on what you're doing -- just the same as it is under OSX.

    There's always overhead with a virtual solution. Will it matter to you? Depends on what you're running and your preferences. Best way to answer your question is to try the options for yourself. It's not a one-size-fits-all matter even for those looking to do the same thing.

    As mentioned above, consider that Bootcamp and virtual aren't mutually exclusive. I use both.

    Also, don't overlook the countless prior threads if you really want more random opinions which don't mean much unless you know whether or not an individuals preferences are exactly in line with your own.
  7. oldguru thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012

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