What hardware really affects virtual machine performance?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jedfox, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. jedfox macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm looking at getting a new macbook or an old mbp in the near future. I'd like to get the smoothest possible setup for running vector-(like adobe illustrator or corel draw(bla))based embroidery programs with VMWare Fusion on a notebook, is there any specific piece of hardware that maximizes the performance of virtual machines(running vector-based programs)- the cpu, ram, hard drive (write speed), or the graphics card?

    The two I'm considering are the aluminum MacBook
    (2.4ghz/4gb ram/250gb hd/256(integrated), about $2150 w/tax & applecare)
    or a refurbished MacBook Pro
    (2.6ghz/2gb ram/200gb hd(7400rpm)/512(discrete), about $2300 w/tax & applecare)
    Which would be better suited to handle these applcations?
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    lots & lots of RAM! thats about it. virtual machine cant take the full advantage of multi core processors and graphics chips yet.
  3. ant-macyourself macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Agreed, RAM is the most important thing for you to worry about. The general motto with Macs is "the more the better" and this is even more true when you're running a virtual machine. I've also found that you can get better performance when you tweak Windows display settings a bit. Bringing the colors down to 16-bit and using the classic Windows theme really sped things up for me.

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