RAM requirement for Leopard

Yonz

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Aug 14, 2007
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Hi all,

The wait is over, and I'm about to go out and order an iMac (20", 2.4GHz)

Will 2GB by sufficient to run Leopard with all it's goodies, or should I fork out the extra cash and go for 4GB? (One of the Apps will be Parallels, running Windows XP with 512MB allocated to the VM)


Yonz
 

edesignuk

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Mar 25, 2002
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You can never have too much RAM.

2Gb should be perfectly adequate, but if you can afford to go for 4GB it won't be money wasted.
 
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Chupa Chupa

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Jul 16, 2002
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2GB isn't enough if you will be using Parallels a lot. Parallels is a giant system resource sucker and w/ 2GB the Mac side of your machine will run slower. Go w/ 4GB. (Don't buy it from Apple though). Even better, get the 4GB but get VMWare Fusion instead of Parallels. Fewer features, but it doesn't take over your machine and runs smoother.
 
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user13

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Dec 22, 2006
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2GB isn't enough if you will be using Parallels a lot. Parallels is a giant system resource sucker and w/ 2GB the Mac side of your machine will run slower. Go w/ 4GB.
It greatly depends upon the type of apps you run on VM. Vista would require more RAM than XP for example. Graphic apps need more memory than office programs etc. Normally, i belieму 2Gigs are enough (because I have the same amount for Parallels to run almost perfectly).
 
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