parallels or bootcamp for gaming/GIS?

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

  1. ajumbaje macrumors 6502

    ajumbaje

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    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

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    parallels and games don't really work well. Use bootcamp for games.
     
  3. mtah macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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 604

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    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

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    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

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    Bootcamp for sure. You'll be happy with the gaming performance.
     

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