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Old 06-08-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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Resource-heavy programs on Windows VM


EDIT: I forgot to ask in my original post, how would I go about setting this up? Any info/links?

Hello all

I'm building a new computer and I plan to switch to Linux as my main OS. I would like to use a few 3D graphics type programs that only have Windows versions, specifically Quixel Mixer and PixaFlux (probably more to come). Wine would be my first choice, but that doesn't always work (Quixel Mixer doesn't).

I haven't finalized hardware yet, but I'm planning on these specs:
  • 6+ cores at 3+ GHz
  • 32 - 64 GB RAM
  • SSD
  • Dedicated graphics card

Would I be able to run a resource-heavy program on a Windows VM on Linux? Linux as host OS, Windows as guest. Would this perform reasonably? Is this an impractical idea?

My knowledge of virtualization is pretty limited. I came across "VFIO" and "IOMMU" and "hardware pass through" but I have no idea what they are or if they are relevant.

My back-up plan is dual-booting, but I would prefer not to have to shutdown and reboot all the time. I'm also open to other ideas.

Thank you for your help!

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Old 06-08-2019, 07:50 PM   #2
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With that much RAM, you should be able to devote enough RAM to the VM to run pretty much anything short of some perhaps enterprise-grade software. Have you checked the "minimum requirements" of the programs you wish to run for the RAM specs?

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Old 06-08-2019, 08:20 PM   #3
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Have you checked the "minimum requirements" of the programs you wish to run for the RAM specs?
There are no requirements that I can find (some of the programs are in beta). However, a similar program lists 8 GB minimum and 16 GB recommended, so probably a similar amount of RAM.
 
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Generally the more server or high end a system is the more able it is to present more real hardware to the vm client. "hardware pass through" but I have no idea what they are or if they are relevant"

You would want to learn how those features can make your uses work or work better.
 
  


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