parallels or bootcamp for gaming/GIS?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ajumbaje, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. ajumbaje macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2005
    So I just got a new haswell mbp w/ 2.6 ghz core i7, 16gb ram and the dedicated video memory(2gb)

    would I be fine with parallels if I were to run games like total war 2: rome, shogun 2, and other total war games?

    ArcGIS would definitely be fine since I can run it well on my old 08 penryn mbp(under bootcamp)
  2. Dekard macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    parallels and games don't really work well. Use bootcamp for games.
  3. mtah macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2013
    Yea I wouldnt do too much gaming in parallels.

    Im running virtual w8.1 on fusion 6 on my late 13 rmbp 13" and if i play Civilization IV the fans go up to 6000rpm within 10 minutes, while in osx they stay below 2000 with the same settings.
  4. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    ArcMAP will run just fine as long as your not looking at huge rendering files and entire countries. As i found out. Probably being dramatic though, sure it'll be fine.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Total War: Rome II is a newer game which won't probably run that well in Parallels. There shouldn't be much problem with Shogun 2 though, seeing as its an older title...
  6. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Has to be bootcamp. Anything virtualised simply doesn't have the performance. A 64 bit Windows 7 licence costs less than parallels too.
  7. xjesterx macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2013
    Bootcamp for sure. You'll be happy with the gaming performance.

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