Non-Gamer debating boot camp vs virtualization

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by m021478, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    If I have absolutely no intention of running Windows on my Mac to play memory/graphics intensive games, is there any really need to run Windows from a Boot Camp partition, or will Virtualization (running Parallels or VMware Fusion while booted from my Mac OS) work just fine for my needs...

    I am using a MacPro with 2x3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors with 16GB of DDR2 RAM...

    Aside from the slight (barely noticeable) dip in performance of the virtual Windows OS, are there any other advantages that I might want to consider?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!
  2. voxnj macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2008
    Dark Side of the Moon
    My experience with Fusion has been excellent. I can run a TradeStation trading app in the Fusion window (in one monitor), while I watch a movie on OSX (in the second monitor) with NO noticeable impact. In fact the Fusion performance is at least on par with my (retired) dual processor HP Workstation.

    I choose Fusion over Boot Camp, because I want to operate seamlessly. Real time, best-of-class software running side my side.
  3. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    You've got to be kidding!:eek::p

    With the system you're currently running (16GB of RAM), there will be absolute negligible difference while running a VM or BC! So of course you should opt for VM!
  4. krypticos macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    what all are you wanting to do on windows. i have a macbook 2.2ghz 1 gb ram and windows runs great virtualized. my windows is running 1 core and 128 mb ram and its faster than my uncles winpc with more ram and same clock speed single core processor. hope this helps.

    I run my copy of office, family history, stuff like that

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