Running virtual machines, what's more important?

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

  1. evanrousso macrumors 6502

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    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.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    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

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    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

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    Memory.
    Lack of processor will slow you down.
    Lack of memory will cripple you
     

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