17" White iMac vs Mac Mini-Performance Equivalent?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by docprego, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    I have a 17" white iMac with the following specs:

    1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo
    1.5GB Ram
    160GB hard drive
    Intel GMA 950 graphics.

    I was looking at the Mac Mini and the specs are remarkably similar, almost exactly the same in fact. Will the performance I experience using the iMac be the same as I would expect from the Mini of the same processor speed? Or is there something else I am overlooking that makes the iMac faster? I have to say the performance of the iMac is more than satisfactory, if the Mini is the same it would be great. BTW I would get the 2.0GHz Mini anyway so it should be slightly better than the iMac if I am thinking correctly.

  2. Arjy macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2007
    As far as I know it will be very similar running on both of those.
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    The iMac has a full size desktop hard drive whereas the Mac mini has a notebook drive. The iMac's drive is faster.
  4. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Good point, definitely something I overlooked. Anything else to consider?
  5. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    There are basically the same except for the HD. If you got the 2.0GHz Mini there would be a slight increase in speed.
  6. srt42b macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2007
    Yes, comparing the two, the HDD speed seems to be the only noticeable difference. Plus you can get any size screen and replace it later if you want.

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