rMB for my usage?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by phas3, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    For the most part I used my rMBP for surfing when I was at home. But at work I was constantly using excel, word, powerpoint and most of all VM Ware to do work in. I ended up selling my rMBP because I was certain 100% that I would get the rMB but due to its scarce availability during launch I got cold feet. Would the rMB be enough for me or should I go with the rMBP? If I should get another rMBP is there an update for it coming soon?
     
  2. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Heavy on typical MS office apps, dont run VM`s, do run propriety engineering applications in a compatibility layer without issue. All in all, very pleased with the Retina MacBook.

    Q-6
     
  3. phas3 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    :/ I read that VMs might struggle I'd like to hear more from others
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    It depends not on the VM, but what software you are running in the VM. They require little CPU power to run on their own - their performance is limited primarily by disk and RAM. It's the programs you run inside them that may require extra CPU power - and that decision is the same as deciding whether the rMB is right for you in the first place.
     
  5. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    And to add to what zhenya said, gpu in a vm can also be a limiting factor depending on what software you're running in the vm.

    But in general, if you're a heavy vm user (i.e. either heavy apps in the VM and/or you have a VM running most of the time), 16gb is a good idea... and you'll need enough drive space for it.
     
  6. Nychot macrumors 6502a

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    how many times have these questions been asked. there's a search engine here.
     

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