"You can't virtualize Graphics!"

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Blackberryroid, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    I'm willing to go VMware or Parallels, since Bootcamp has eaten 25 GB of my Mac which I just can't afford to lose. I needed an external solution.

    I'll be doing games on this, and, as I have heard, "You can't virtualize the Graphics card."

    Is this claim true or false?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, that "claim" is true, as there are additional layers between game and GPU.
    If gaming via VM, the game has to speak to the Windows OS, the Windows OS to the virtual machine software (VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop or Virtual Box), the virtual machine software to Mac OS X and Mac OS X to the GPU.
    When gaming natively, the game talks almost directly to the GPU with the OS in between at certain points.

    Booting Windows on the Mac

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