Running virtual machines, what's more important?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by evanrousso, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. evanrousso macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    I am planning on getting a new MBP soon that I plan on running a virtual desktop on. With this in mind, is it more important to get the faster processor or more RAM?

    I would like to wait until the 13" MBP get a processor refresh, but I may not even need anything more than a 2.8 ghz C2D.

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    It depends on the application you're virtualizing. You can oversubscribe the RAM, which is common and one of the major benefits of virtualization, but you can't make up for a loss of CPU speed.

    At either rate, the Core 2 Duo chips are suboptimal for virtualizing. Quad core and above is where you want to be.
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Decide what would be a good amount of RAM for a Macintosh.
    Decide what would be a good amount of RAM for a Windows PC.
    Add both numbers.

    That's how much RAM you need, or you will be very unhappy. And 8 GB of RAM is quite cheap today. If you check out prices, tons of RAM and a huge hard drive are cheap compared to a processor upgrade. And they are overall much more beneficial.
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Lack of processor will slow you down.
    Lack of memory will cripple you

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