2012 Mac Mini model thoughts

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by asparagus, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. asparagus macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    I decided to acquire a 2012 mac mini following the underwhelming 2014 update. In the process I find myself in a unique situation: I know own 2 2012 Mac Minis. Collectively I've spent $1200.

    One is the base model, i5 with the 500GB hard drive, with RAM upgraded to 16GB. I've also purchased (but haven't installed) the ifixit kit to put in a 500GB SSD which I already have.

    The other is the 2.3gz i7, with 16GB RAM and a 1T Fusion drive.

    Obviously the i7 is better. However, here's my debate. This machine will primarily host an file server, with intermittent video conversion. My main computer is a MBA.

    Which should I sell?

    The argument to sell the i7 would be primarily that I'll get the most value, and that other than intermittent file conversion, I won't see the benefit to the extra cores in the processor.

    The argument to sell the i5 would be that I'll be using the best computer, and native fusion drives are sweet. Any other thoughts?
  2. cornerexit macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2014
  3. andeify macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2012
    Id keep the i7, unless you are concerned about the power consumption.
  4. J232022 macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2014
    The 2012 Mac Minis are fine and I would prefer the old models versus the 2014 machines . The only real advantage I see with the new minis is the graphics power .

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