More than 2 cores in VMware Fusion?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by EdbBob, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. EdbBob macrumors member

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    I just received my new mac pro with 8 cores. Yummi!!! Fastest machine I've ever worked on...

    A tip: I use 4x500 GB Sata disks in raid0 for my system drive. It was a little difficult to install OSX. I had to boot from the DVD, use Disk Util to create the raid, AND then reboot, to have the option of selecting the raid for OSX install. Runs like a charm. About 250 MB/s, and that makes everything load extremely fast :) Careful though! Turn on Time Machine, because your doomed to have a disk failure, at some time, with 4 disks in raid0 ;)

    Now to my question:

    Is there any way to have VMvare Fusion, run on more than 2 cores, let's say 4? I use the machine for extreme rendering (3D stills at 20.000x20.000 pixels 16bit), and two or four cores extra in XP x64 would make a major difference. Even though XP x64 runs perfectly in Fusion, it's not possible to install as a Boot Camp partition, so that's not a solution

    Thanks in advance,

    EDBBOB

    PS. Did I mention that I also received a 30" ACD? If you work with HD video that's a magnificent display. A full HD image to work on, and screen estate left for the UI. What more could you ask? (Doesn't really do it for 4K RED cam material though ;))
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    You should be able to just go into the settings for your VM and select '4 virtual processors' instead of '2 virtual processors'.
     
  3. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a

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    If you haven't already, update Fusion to the latest version. v1 only supported 2 virtual cores, but with v2 they created the option for up to 4 virtual cpu's.
     

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