2011 iMac or Mac Mini Server?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DrewMusic007, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. DrewMusic007 macrumors newbie


    Dec 17, 2011
    Atlanta - USA
    Due to lack of interest and low balling I'm not selling the MBP in my sig, might as well hang on to it.

    What I want to do:

    Logic Pro 9 - 30-40 tracks w/virtual instruments - I/O via FW800 (audio tracking) Reason 6 - various 3rd party plug ins.

    It's down to

    Mac Mini Server -
    2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB memory
    Dual 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000


    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    2560 x 1440 resolution
    8GB (two 4GB) memory
    1TB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

    The Apple Store hipsters are trying to tell me the MMS doesn't have the bus speed to handle the demands of a DAW and swear up and down I need the iMac.

    Thanks for any input - making the purchase tonight.
  2. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Both will work fine, and bus is the same speed. The imac has a much faster processor and you can cheaply load up 16 GB ram. The worst thing about the imac is that you can't put a speedy ssd in there (unless you are adventurous) whereas you could swap one of the mini's drives with a ssd, and use the other drive for data. Oh, the imac also has a very nice screen which can be very helpful when dealing with a full screen daw to keep your eyes on as many tracks as you want.

    30-40 tracks, each loaded up with vsts and effects, can stress any system. No matter what you choose, you may want to stem (make into a wave file) most of the tracks except the few you are working on at any given time.
  3. DrewMusic007 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 17, 2011
    Atlanta - USA
    oh I thought the iMac could hold 2 internal HD's?

    - and thanks for jumping in!

    one more question - by stem do you mean freeze the tracks, like in Logic?
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    iMacs can hold two drives. One full sized desktop and one laptop one.
  5. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Yes, I meant freeze. Intell is correct about the imac drive situation, but having Apple configure it really drives up the price.

    The imac may also work a little better since it has a dedicated gpu. Not that a daw needs a nice gpu, but having its own ram may free up some additional resources on the cpu that the intel 3000 might use on the mini.

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