ssd or 8GB of ram for Parallels in full screen

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

  1. hawaiipoolman macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
    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

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
  3. Samsumac macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    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

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    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


    Dec 13, 2008
    go for SSD because it will make the most difference in your performance, with Parallels and others.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    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

    Apr 10, 2011
    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

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    Only when you access the disk...

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