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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
Glad to help. Just to reiterate, the 13" MBP had all the power I needed for virtual machines and development. The screen was beautiful, however, in the end I think my older eyes needed the large 15" screen.
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The power of the 13" MacBook Pro has not been a problem at all. It was fast and the VMWare virtual machine running Windows 8.1 ran just fine. Inside the virtual machine I ran SQL Server 2012, IIS, and Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate all without slowdowns. However, I never realized just how much I would miss the larger screen when using the laptop without an external display. Maybe it is my older eyes but I found the 13" screen just too small.
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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
Thanks for sharing what your experience has been. For me the 13" MacBook Pro has an advantage in portability. For the way I work the 15" screen size is more f a hindrance as I can use external monitors when I need more screen size. I would also just be using one VM at a time (Windows 8). Basically I want to use Mac OS for browsing, email and the rest while just using the Windows 8 VM for Visual Studio 2013 and SQL Server 2014. It sounds to me, from your experiences, that a dual core i5/i7 would run that configuration just fine with an SSD and 16 GB RAM.
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Thanks for the reply. It appears clear to me that the quad core would offer superior performance. I guess what I need to answer now is just how well the dual core i7 or i5 will do with VMWare Fusion. 16 GB RAM is a mustn't my opinion. Just wondering how the dual core processors would handle the virtualization.
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