2012 i7 Mac Mini vs 2018 i3 Base model.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by twennywonn, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. twennywonn macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
    The Mac is used for my Plex server. Is the base model more, less or similar in cpu performance?
  2. MisterAndrew, Oct 30, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018

    MisterAndrew macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2015
    Portland, Oregon
    The new base quad core is faster. Not way faster, but a pretty good step up in performance, except that it lacks hyper threading so it depends on the application. The new 6 core i7 would be a much more noticeable improvement.

    Intel® Core™ i3-8100 (2018 base)

    Intel® Core™ i7-3615QM (2012 base quad)

    Intel® Core™ i7-8700 (2018 6 core i7)
  3. buchrob macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2018
    Plex Server is decidedly not a strenuous app. I am running one on an ancient i3 Thinkpad using Win 7. Cost me $65 on eBay. Mac equivalent would be pre-2009 powerbook. The key is not to be bogged down with other apps running at the sametime and for the files not to be ultra-compressed.
  4. legato01 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015
    Does 2012 have HEVC? I could be wrong but dont think it does.

    Theoretically, new Mac Mini will be more efficient for x265 transcoding, if needed, i.e. when watching foreign movies with subs. You’ll need plex pass to unlock hardware encoding.

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