ssd or 8GB of ram for Parallels in full screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hawaiipoolman, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. hawaiipoolman macrumors regular

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    i am not sure what i need, i just bought the new mbp 2011 base 13", but when i run Parallels in full screen with Aero enabled my osx side sometimes seems slugish when opening apps, would an ssd be a better option or upgrading the ram to 8GB, thanks.
     
  2. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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  3. Samsumac macrumors regular

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    Both actually.. Compared to the price of a sata 3 ssd, the price of ram is not that much to add.

    You will need both for maximum VM operation
     
  4. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    RAM more so, VM's eat RAM, and when there's no more RAM, OS X has to page RAM back to the hard disk to free up some RAM.

    So, more RAM will reduce your hits to the HDD
     
  5. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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    go for SSD because it will make the most difference in your performance, with Parallels and others.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I disagree, a SSD will only help virtualization when it comes to lacking RAM, making the page file quicker to access.
     
  7. Uffish Thought macrumors member

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    RAM of course. Just look at your usage in Activity monitor before and after Parallels loads. I needed it to be able to run other apps smoothly while using Parallels.
     
  8. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    Only when you access the disk...
     

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