RAM requirement for Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yonz, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Yonz macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2007
    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)

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    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.
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    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.
  4. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    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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