[windows2000] Re: OT: Virtual PC
- From: Chris Buechler <win2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 11:17:05 -0500
Sorin Srbu wrote:
Yeah, I know, I expected that too, but not to that degree. The Evo is
after all considered pretty fast still IMHO.
laptops have much slower I/O than desktop machines. 7200 RPM drives
narrows that gap, but I have no doubt if you'd run some disk I/O
benchmarks, you would see the desktop come out far ahead.
Being a VM addict, I've given up on laptops for any serious day to day
use and moved on to dual proc desktops.
Oh well, win some loose some... I moved all virtual machines to my
stationary, and after christmas I'll ask my boss for a new stationary
with at least 2GB RAM, maybe an Amd64 x2 (3500-4200 or so) running of
a mobo with nforce4 chips, and two really big harddrives (200GB each
or so) and raid0 them. Hopefully this'll be enough for some years to
come <crossing fingers>.
Maybe you guys on this list could say whether the above hardware
should be ok for running VMs?
I run a dual Xeon 3.0 (400 FSB) with 2 GB RAM, dedicated 250 GB SATA
drive for VM's as my desktop at home, and can run 8-10 simultaneous VM's
without bogging things down too much. At work, I run a dual Xeon 3.4
(800 FSB), 2 GB RAM, VM's between the internal 73 GB 10K RPM SATA drive
and an external USB 2.0 300 GB drive. I actually first ran a VM off the
USB drive as a joke (err...geek humor), to see just how slow it would
be. :) But honestly, it's just as fast as the 10K RPM internal SATA
drive (i.e. hauls ass), though I haven't run more than two simultaneous
VM's off the external drive.
On both my dual Xeon boxes, the first limitation is RAM. Before I
dedicated a second drive to VM's on my desktop at home, disk I/O was the
first bottleneck (in that the whole system came to a crawl when VM's
starting hitting the disks hard, like when starting up a VM team). The
3.4 800 FSB is dramatically faster than the 3.0 400 FSB, FWIW.
glancing back up at the subject, I see VPC. Note, I have VPC, but my
experience is 95% VMware (Workstation and GSX) as it's always proved to
be vastly superior.
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