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    Power of Parallels
    Is Parallels powerful enough to run a game with these system requirements?

    1.7 GHz processor
    512 MB RAM
    DirectX 8 compatible video card

    I can move a little slider up to 1024 MB of RAM, I think. I have an Intel GMA 950 video card, which claims to be DirectX 9 compatible, but I'm not sure how that interacts with Parallels. My processor is a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Does Parallels set a limit on how much of processor power it can take up?

    I run a MacBook. The game I'm interested in is Valve's Portal, if that helps at all or if anyone has experience trying to run that on Parallels.

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    Dec 24, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    2 x 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 6GB OS X 10.6.8 | 15in MacBook Pro 2.2GHz OS X 10.6.8 | 64GB iPad 2 WiFi
    If you searcxh the forums, you will find that vmware and parallel are not well suited for games.
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    Feb 02, 2008
    Traverse City MI
    15.4" MacBook Pro 4GB 500GB 2.4Ghz
    I dont think that parallels VMware really run games that good
    I know that you can go ahead and do it but i dont suggest it.
    Especially with those specs. there not bad but your CPU is probably
    really consumed by running that software. it the specs were like 2.4GHz and 2GB RAM then go for it
    15.4" MacBook Pro Unibody
    2.4GHz 4GB Ram and 500GB HD nVidia Geforce 9600

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Portal does run under Parallels, but it won't do it with all of the eye candy turned on, nor at high resolution. I've also noticed some graphical glitches - but it does indeed run. Just FYI...
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