3352 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2008 1:18 PM by lemon19
Right now, Apple does not officially support 64-bit version on iMac. Only MacBook/MacBook Pro and Mac Pro 2008 - systems with Penryn cpu and EFI64.
Is it cpu or memory intensive? I'd go with Mac Pro - I like having 4 internal drives and upgrade memory as needed. The iMac locks you in and you could hit the wall.
Mac Pro is finding fans in developer community for games where 8-cores pays off. I wouldn't put anything else than Vista Ultimate 64-bit on it, runs exceedingly well for Windows.
You might want to check out VMware Fusion or one of their other products which might be more than adequate and be able to configure different VMs to test on.
On the Mac Pro you could run VMware Workstation (or server) under Vista.
The only XP version supported are 32-bit, so if you want 64-bit, you need Vista. 32-bit on Mac Pro only supports 1.9GB.
Review of the new Penryn based iMac:
Sorry but I am getting confused. I have some questions, can I install the XP Pro on both the iMac and the Mac Pro? If so, then can I install Visual Studio on both the iMac and the Mac Pro?
I am just trying to figure out which mac is the best one for my situation.
I don't understand what you mean by 32-bit or 64-bit.
Windows comes in 32-bit which means it normally addresses less than 4GB of physical memory, and on Mac, it only addresses 2GB, not even 4GB. In order to be able to use 4GB (or more) you need 64-bit version, and XP Pro 64-bit is not supported in BootCamp.
On the Mac Pro, Vista Ultimate 64-bit is your best bet.
Apple does not support XP Pro 64-bit.