Which imac 5k 27" for VMs and software dev?

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  1. TheCopywriter macrumors newbie

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    I plan on using windows VMs (visual studio), xcode, probably more than one linux VM... all at the same time possibly.

    I plan on upgrading the memory, but my question is do I need the i7 for all the VMs?

    Also, is the low end graphics card really sufficient for the 5k display?
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    You don't need the i7 but it will make a difference running multiple VM's.

    The low end graphics card is just that sufficient.
     
  3. TheCopywriter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "The low end graphics card is just that sufficient."

    What do you mean?

    Also, how much of a difference?
     
  4. zacster macrumors member

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    Unless you have the VMs cranking away all at once, I don't think the i7 will buy you much. If OTOH you are doing video codec conversion on UHD on all 3 VMs, yes the i7 will be worth it. The same with the graphics card, it'll be nice when you need it to have a better one, but would you notice in day to day use?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd opt for the midrange machine, it will give you a little more oomph on the GPU, I'd also look to configure it with an SSD. VMs are fairly demanding on storage units and you don't want to be impacted by a slow hard drive.

    As for the i5 vs.i7. If you'll be running more then one VM at a time, I think you'll be better off with the i7. Same logic applies to the ram, i.e., you might be better off with 16GB.

    Just my $.02
     

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