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For I7 8700 owners - how many VMs can you run?

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Hi there! :)  
I'd like to run 12-13 virtual machines on the same time. Each of them will be surfing in Facebook - not for games, just surfing through the site. Each VM will have 2-3 Facebook tabs opened.
So - will I7 8700 be able to handle 12-13 VMs with 2-3 Facebook tabs in them?
I'd be glad if you show photos with running VMs with I7 8700 too :) 

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If you run a VM you have to give it at least one core/thread, right? How would you run 12-12 VMs with only 12 threads (you'd need to leave one for the host OS too I imagine). Never tried to run more VMs than I have threads, seems to me you'd have a lot of issues trying that. 

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9 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

If you run a VM you have to give it at least one core/thread, right? How would you run 12-12 VMs with only 12 threads (you'd need to leave one for the host OS too I imagine). Never tried to run more VMs than I have threads, seems to me you'd have a lot of issues trying that. 

you can run more than one vm per thread, just look at big vmware hosts with 4 cpus and 2+ TB of ram, with a couple gigs of ram per vm, ram is more important :)

 

OP, I'd recommend getting 2x16 GB of ram so you have 32 GB of ram and room to expand to 64 ;)

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Just now, mikat said:

you can run more than one vm per thread, just look at big vmware hosts with 4 cpus and 2+ TB of ram, with a couple gigs of ram per vm, ram is more important :)

so time to go run 20 VMs on my R7 2700X? ?

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1 minute ago, Zando Bob said:

so time to go run 20 VMs on my R7 2700X? ?

why though?

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1 minute ago, Zando Bob said:

so time to go run 20 VMs on my R7 2700X? ?

Just don't do it for Facebook Advertising Spam Bots like OP is trying to

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1 minute ago, Zando Bob said:

so time to go run 20 VMs on my R7 2700X? ?

I know in Vbox you have set a CPU usage cap.

 

So you could have a VM that uses 1 thread, but only 10% CPU usage of the host is consumed.  So depending on the CPU requirements of the VM, you can have a ton of VMs per thread.  performance for something like windows with 50% of 1 thread is utter and complete shit, but it does work.

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1 minute ago, mikat said:

why though?

BeCuZ I CaN... not that I could actually be arsed to set that many up. 

 

1 minute ago, Princess Cadence said:

Just don't do it for Facebook Advertising Spam Bots like OP is trying to

Are those freaking things the reason we have recaptchas everywhere? 

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Your more ram limited than cpu limited, but that i7 will be fine. I ran 9 windows 10 vms on a i3 2100 with 4gb of ram and a ssd for swap and it was usable, so a i7 and 16gb should do this just fine.

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Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

Your more ram limited than cpu limited, but that i7 will be fine. I ran 9 windows 10 vms on a i3 2100 with 4gb of ram and a ssd for swap and it was usable, so a i7 and 16gb should do this just fine.

If you're running a simple linux distro on each vm that could work, but for windows based vms I'd recommend more ram.

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6 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

Are those freaking things the reason we have recaptchas everywhere? 

Unfortunately yes, VMs are the heavens of spam bots in Discord, IRC channels, Facebook and god knows where else

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RAM is not a problem. I have 32 GB of RAM and it will be enough.

VMs will run Windows XP.

My only concern is the CPU. I don't know if it will be able to hadle at least 12 VMs with only 6C/12T so I decided to ask you here.

The load is not so much - they will be only surfing in Facebook with max 2-3 tabs open but all VMs will be doing it at the same time.

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