2009 Mac Mini vs. Mac Pro Jan 2008

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dansai, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. dansai macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    My £1800 Mac Pro is approaching two years old now and it still seems to be blisteringly fast but I'm really curious as to how something smaller would stack up to it. The reason I ask is because the Pro is going into the studio soon and it will leave me without a computer in my "man room".

    So just hypothetically let's assume you had a Jan 08 2.8ghz Octo-Core Mac Pro with 2gb RAM. How would it compare to the latest 2.66ghz Core2Duo DDR3 Mac Mini? If you're counting CPU clock the Pro would obviously win but how much would the DDR3 / FSB come into play?

    Apple & Oranges I'm sure, and there's quite a HUGE price difference, but as I said I'm curious.
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    only 2 gigs in a Macpro? kinda sad to read.

    well what do you plan on doing with the mini?

    clearly you dont really need the expandablity, so a mini should be fine

    but upgrading a mini to a 2.66 makes it almost the base price of a 21" iMac, which is a much better deal
  3. dansai thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    Well, I suppose I won't really be using it for much other than Internet, iTunes and the occasional Movie (1080p mostly) so I could settle for the base model Mini, I've already got all the peripherals left over from my now deceased iMac 2006. My main concern is the 2.5" Hard Drive because in my many years of PC Repair those things are the biggest performance bottlenecks (not to mention reliability).

    2.26ghz Mini with SSD? :cool:
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Get 4GB of RAM and a 160GB Intel SSD (Gen2) and your set to go.
  5. Undo Redo macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    I just switched from a 2008 quad Mac Pro to a 1.53Ghz mini. For the big things like encoding video, the mini requires about 50% more time. The difference would obviously be bigger when comparing to the octo-Pro.

    For the regular stuff like email, iTunes and web, there's no difference. The mini takes an extra second to launch a program but a second is nothing.
  6. batistuta macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Oh yes! I have the Mini 2.0 with nvidia 9400 and 64GB SSD from SuperTalent. The SSD makes all the difference - it really is that good.
    AFAIK Apple doesn't support TRIM yet, but I guess they will in time, so get the latest model SSD that fits your budget.
    The mentioned Intel X25-M 160GB Gen.2 is a good suggestion.

    Why doesn't Apple include SSD as an option for the Mini? Or at least for the iMac?!
    Why would I want a rig with a nice i5 or i7 and a conventional spinning drive? An SSD is faster, smaller and uses less power (especially compared to the 3.5" drive in an iMac).
    Will stay with my Mini and 30" Dell for now, even if a quad core is tempting. Such a processor will probably not make it to the Mini in the next revision :-(
  7. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    For those tasks you mentioned, Mini is okay. Do you mean editing or just watching movies? SSDs are nice but for those tasks I wouldn't buy one because they are coming better and better all the time and prices are coming down too.
  8. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    May I ask what model SSD you went with & what it cost? I upgraded my mini to a 320 GB 7200 rpm drive but really want to go to SSD after using one in a MBP. Thanks.
  9. batistuta macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I went with the Super Talent UltraDrive ME 64GB, which I believe is rated at 230/180 MB/sec READ/WRITE.

    In July I paid 171 euros (approx.250 USD) from a company in Germany. Compare that to the base MacMini price being some 860 USD here in Denmark.
    The 120G disk my Mini was equipped with was sold for 40$ btw, so the SSD upgrade added some 25% to the system price - the performance increase felt like a lot more!
    I have most of my media files (pictures/movies/music) on a NAS attached via gigabit ethernet to the Mini, so I don't really require more space - until I can afford a 250+GB SSD to store it all.
    Snow Leopard should free some extra space, so I will try that shortly...

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