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

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TheCopywriter, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. TheCopywriter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2016
    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 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    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

    Jan 2, 2016
    "The low end graphics card is just that sufficient."

    What do you mean?

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

    Aug 15, 2011
    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


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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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