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Jan
7
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.
Jan
7
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
Nov
4
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.
Feb
11
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.
Feb
11
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.
Jul
27
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.
Jul
27
comment Retina MacBook Pro - Quad core vs. Dual core and virtual machines (VMware Fusion)
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.
Jul
8
comment Make the enter key send message on iPad
Did not work for me either
Jan
2
comment iTunes Backup - iOS & Settings only - No Apps
Very detailed answer. Thanks!
Aug
3
comment How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors
I have seen this in other posts but really did not want to have to reboot the computer each time when switching between external display and internal only display. Perhaps I am wrong, but shouldn't there be a way to disable the internal display completely when an external monitor is attached?
Aug
3
comment How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors
How does one disable the internal display when the lid is closed?
Jul
23
comment How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors
Perhaps your right about the DisplayLink software. I may have to save for a Macbook Pro with Multiple Thunderbird and/or HDMI ports.
Jul
19
comment How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors
Just to clarify .. I do have the lid of the Macbook Pro closed.
Jul
19
comment How to disable Macbook Pro internal display when using external monitors
No I haven't. Also, the display does "appear" to be sleeping as the backlit Apple logo is turned off on the back of the lid.
Jun
28
comment Functionally speaking, where will I see a difference between dual- and quad-core i7s?
I recently updated my Macbook Pro (2011) to 16 GB of RAM and I notice a big difference in "snappiness" and overall performance.
Jun
28
comment Sound and heat when lid is closed - MacBook Air
Did you ever choose an answer? Did you find out more information? I would like to know if heat is an issue with a Macbook Pro (early 20122) lid closed.