using Parells instead of bootcamp

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tbluhp, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    Like will it run just as fast and will it let me do 3d games and the sims3?
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    No, not really. Using Parallels (or any virtualization program) will use up more system resources. Think about it -- your Mac is running OS X, plus the virtualization program, plus whatever you're running inside the virtual machine. That's going to eat up a lot of RAM and processing power.

    Boot Camp is the faster option, especially if you want to play PC games on your Mac.
     
  3. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    +1 for bootcamp

    virtualization sucks! Totally not as fast as natively booting the OS.
     
  4. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    It hardly 'sucks'. For what it is its pretty amazing.
     
  5. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    What kind of Mac do you have?
    The graphics will not be the same, as it uses a virtualized graphics card,
    I don't mind it at all, however I choose to dual boot with Windows 7 (boot camp).

    Parallels 4.0 requires additional RAM, Processors and graphics memory to run (on top of OSX).

    Optionally, you can also buy Parallels 4.0 and get it to run from your Boot Camp partition, basically this means you can game on OSX with Parallels 4.0, or you can boot into Windows (boot camp).
     

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