I am using a 1Ghz DP to run VPC (under OSX). If I go to look at the system specs on the pc it tells me that I have a 600Mhz PC. I have assigned the full 512mb of RAM to VPC as well. You should be able to compare your computer and mine with this info.
On my iBook 600 it says that it has a 400MHZ processor. He is right though. The 5.0.2 update does scream. I have been trying to install XP (so that I can see it when I provide support on it, as I am an administrator), and it would get 2 hours into the install, and then crash. This morning after the update. I have installed in in less than 45 minutes. That is about the same as it would take on a PC, and all of my virtual machines are so much faster. Kudos to Connectix.
I have a PI 200 Laptop with a bad battery and a really small LCD. I can work on most things with it (and some things like programming in Assembly for the x86... I have to) But its still very slow. Running VPC is faster on my Mac than my crappy (brothers) old laptop. Plus My Screen is bigger on my Mac
VPC has always been and always will be slow... but thats just the cost of emulation. Nothing we can do about it. Its a pretty good product for what is it and I like it most of the time. The thing I cant get over is Windows... but I guess thats my own fault ... or maybe my professors fault for making me code in really bad environemnts like MS Visual Studio. Yuck!
My iBook is running VPC under X. I have 192 MB for all of my virtual Machines. (Win 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP, and Mandrake Linux). It is faster than the PIII 550 that I have here at work. So much so that I took down the PIII today and put it in the closet! Now, I just have my silver bullet sitting on my desk!
Oh, and one thing oldmac. I have to run this so I can see what my clients see. I have never, and I mean never, not in two years of using VPC gotten a blue screen. Can you say that about your machine?
Unfortunatly ... I have had a few classes that required that I use it. The problem is that my professor used it to run our programs and MS does not use the standard JAVA or C/C++ libs. There are some syntax diffrences when you code in an MS enviornment. So... when I would code my stuff with Borland, Forte, the new Apple dev tools, gcc, or javac, it would not run the same way when my professor would run it at home. So... I had to use Visual Studio. I took a VB class too just for fun... I needed one more class to fill my semester.
I need to run IBM VisualAge for Java and eventually WebSpere Test Environment.
Whiel I rarely multi-taks as many video/audio developers do, I still find it happening:
downloading files, unzipping files, printing, etc.
I am lookign at a 933 or a 1GDP - since I am an academinc and have all my own RAM and Drives, I can get the 933 for $2100 and the DP1G for $2750
So, for a difference of $650 - will I see that much performance difference?
it sounds like NO....and that the 933 would be just fine....
But it's critical I get this right- I'd rather have extra CPU cycles buzzing around idle at times - and have a great performing VPC/Mac...