VM on 2016/17 MacBook Pro 13 performance

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jgbr, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007

    I am considering getting a 13MBP for travel & away from home.

    Does anyone have experience of running W10 on 2016 or even 2017 and types of performance?

    I am curious as my 15 2013 MBP splits quad cores up nicely but I'm concerned about only having two cores in a 2017 machine.

    Running light apps only.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    An ex colleague of mine had the nTB 13" 2016, base spec, gifted from work. They did coding in a VM in tandem with light browsing and all the rest of it. Ran like butter and macOS's memory management slayed, even with 6GB RAM assigned to the VM. They went from an ardent 2016 dongle-hater to crowning it the best laptop they've ever used.

    I don't think you'll have any issues.
  3. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    The base 2.0 2016 13-inch with 8GB RAM runs Windows 10 (at least via VMWare Fusion 8.5) with standard-use software (Word/Excel/Visio/PPT/Outlook/Acrobat/Chrome/basic AV/etc.) fine when you strip down the fancy UI animations (these seem to use a lot more CPU/RAM resources.) With the 8GB 2016 13-inch model, I find a 50/50 split of both CPU and RAM resources works well for general use when actively using Apps in both the host and guest, although I keep meaning to play more with the settings. With more intensive applications, such as ICR software that translates hand-written print in raw TIF forms into typed text and then exports as a PDF, I see a very noticeable difference compared to my quad core 15-inch (even the 15-inch struggles here.)

    The 2017 seems to have a bigger CPU bump than expected with regards to the dual cores, so it would likely even be better.
  4. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Going from 4 cores to 2 cores does worry me as it performs well on the 15. Although I will be running very light apps its just going from having that spare overhead to having less system resources. They are saying 10% increase roughly and i do wonder if the faster ram, SSD, 16Gb ram will help. Allocating more ram to W10 and a core should help?

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