2011 mini server I7 or a 2012 mini i5?

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  1. w_macintosh macrumors newbie

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    Grabbing a mini for a project to work on/a spare computer and found a mid 2011 Mac mini server I7 and a late 2013 Mac mini 2.5 ghz i5 for the same price. Will be doing the same ssd/ram upgrades. Which you suggest I grab? Not sure if the quad core on the previous year is faster than the base 2012. Thanks!
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    Here are the stock versions. I’ll be upgrading both.
     

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  2. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't get a 2011 Mini simply because it doesn't have USB 3.0. That is a huge difference if you use external disks.
     
  3. w_macintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That’s not really a huge issue. It’ll mostly be for some photo editing and a media console for my spare room.
     
  4. RyanXM macrumors regular

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    If you don't mind me asking, how much are you paying for each?
     
  5. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    I’m guessing the server has 2 drives but the 2012 only one?

    That’ll make upgrading the 2011 a bit cheaper....

    I’ve never had a 2011 model, I sold my i7 2012 recently. I’d probably get the 2011 if the USB difference isn’t important.
     
  6. w_macintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    350 for the 2011 400 for the 2012
     
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  8. w_macintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Absolutely. Just can’t find any in my area.
     
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    That would be a really good price (if it was in good condition). :)
     
  10. uller6 macrumors regular

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    Keep in mind that the 2011 server model runs its fans at a faster baseline speed than other 2011 and 2012 minis - it’s noticibly louder.
     

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