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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
@Raf - One other thing you might want to consider is the Multiple cores offered in the 15" version of the MBP. Vmware Fusion allows me to assign any number of cores to the VM. I have not benchmarked anything but the Windows 10 VM does seem to run very smooth. The ability to dedicate processor cores may have something to do with that. Also, I have not found the 15" MBP to be a behemoth to port around.
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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
@Raf - I ended up going with the 15" model because of the graphics card. Not sure how much it helps the Virtual Machine display. I have read articles that say it does help and others that say it does not help. I use two 27" monitors and the MacBook Pro's display for a total of three monitors. The display port adapters work just great. I do notice that my MacBook Pro does tend to get hot when running my virtual machine as it always switches to the dedicated graphics card, but nothing that interferes with performance. The VM runs Visual Studio 2015 and SQL Server 2016 CTP 3. No slow downs,no lag
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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
My version of the MacBook Pro is an i7 with 16 GB ram. 4GB will not be enough to run a virtual machine using IIS and SQL Server. I dedicate 8 GB of ram to the VM (Windows 10) and 8 GB ram to the Mac and everything runs pretty smooth.
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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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comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
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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