2012 2.5Ghz Mac Mini or 2014 2.6Ghz Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Kaikidan, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. Kaikidan macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy a mac mini, i have the option between a used late 2012 2.5Ghz, 4GB, 500Gb HDD, and a new late 2014 2.6Ghz, 8gb, 1Tb HDD.

    By the price of the 2014 in it raw specs i can buy the 2012 one and buy 4 or 8+GB of ram and a external SSD to run the system on.

    Would it be worth purchasing the old one if it is working with no hardware problens? will it be slower than the 2014 model? i saw a lot about the 4 core models on the internet, but how it would compare (CPU wise), as booth are 2 core models?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    The 2014 will be faster. The graphics are quite a bit faster, and it also has Thunderbolt 2 if you need it. You can open up the 2014 and replace the HD with an internal SSD if you're inclined to do that.
     
  3. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    Nothing like the Apple Internal SSD, so, it appears that the "Bottleneck" in both MM's is the Internal HDD. My Refurbished MM(Late 2014) 2.8GHz, 8GB Ram, 256SSD "screams" in great performance.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I like the 2012 2.5ghz mini, and recently gave mine to my daughter's family after upgrading to 16gb and moving the system to a USB3 external SSD. Feels like a very responsive little machine. I also have a base model 1.4ghz? 2014 mini for an iTunes server. Works well for that, but feels very sluggish for other things. The base 2012 model definitely feels faster.

    However I am sure the 2014 2.6 ghz model will be faster than the 2012 2.5 and it has a faster internal bus if you install a SSD. Other advantages are the two thunderbolt 2 ports and much faster 802.11ac wifi (if you have a compatible router). But the big downside is the non-upgradeable RAM so if you plan to keep this machine awhile you'll probably want to get 16gb and that will be very expensive.
     
  5. Kaikidan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In my case, the price of the 2.5ghz is the same as the 1.4ghz, they cost 2/3 of the price of the base config 2014 2.6Ghz, those 1/3 of diference i can use to buy more ram and a external usb 3.0 SSD and still have money left. Are the 2.5 noticeably slower than the 2.6ghz one? i saw some benchmarks and it seens like its more towards the 1.4 than the 2.6 in performance, that's the only thing that is bugging me, as i worry that i can regret it in future, but to upgrade the 2014 model will be way past my budget and there is no option for 16gb of ram here i will be stuck with 8gb.
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    Actually i dont need the thunderbolt 2, as i don't even have anything that uses this conection, and the displays that use it are extremelly overpriced here, so i think i will don't miss that functionality.
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    A little confused by your post, sorry. I have owned both a 2012 2.5ghz and 2014 1.4ghz. The 2012 is noticeably faster IMO. There are long delays (like as much as 15 seconds) waiting for system preferences to open on the 2014 1.4ghz for example. This never happened on my 2012 2.5ghz

    Like I said before, I've never used a 2014 2.6ghz but it should be faster than the 2012 2.5ghz. I don't think it will be "oh wow!" faster though.
     

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