How do I use VM for gaming and what are your thoughts on performance? 8 replies

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#1 4 years ago

So the next machine I get MAY have Linux for various reasons. I haven't exactly planned it out, including how to use VM and how well it works, so it isn't final. That is why I'd like you guys to tell me what your responses are to the question in the title.




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#2 4 years ago

Linus Tech Tips has done several videos where they gamed within a VM.

It's doable and you can get pretty good performance out of it.


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#3 4 years ago

"RadioActiveLobster"Linus Tech Tips has done several videos where they gamed within a VM.

It's doable and you can get pretty good performance out of it.

I just wanted an answer for the average user. Those guys have access to top of the line stuff at all times. Not to mention it's desktop. I'm restricted to laptops due to travel. I'll probably get something with a 1060 or 1070, but still.




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#4 4 years ago

I think the general principles are the same though, even if they are applying them in ridiculous ways. You'll still be wanting to use the same software and so-on.


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#5 4 years ago

Okay. In your opinions, what would be easier/more convenient or just flat out better for various reasons, VM or dual boot and why?




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#6 4 years ago

VM only really makes sense if you absolutely can't leave the primary host environment, or, you need to run multiple OS instances off the same hardware. Dual Booting is probably a lot cleaner if it's just for one person's use.


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#7 4 years ago
"FileTrekker"Dual Booting is probably a lot cleaner if it's just for one person's use.

Can you elaborate on how it is cleaner?




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#8 4 years ago
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"FileTrekker"Dual Booting is probably a lot cleaner if it's just for one person's use.

Can you elaborate on how it is cleaner?

It's easier to set up and has less technical quirks, if you don't need to run two VMs at the same time, it offers no benefit over dual booting as far as I know.


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#9 4 years ago
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"random_soldier1337"
"FileTrekker"Dual Booting is probably a lot cleaner if it's just for one person's use.

Can you elaborate on how it is cleaner?

It's easier to set up and has less technical quirks, if you don't need to run two VMs at the same time, it offers no benefit over dual booting as far as I know.

What about in terms of HDD space? Every installation takes like 50 GB nowadays (exaggerating to make point).