2013 27" iMac 3.2GHz i5 vs 2012 Mac Mini 2.3GHz i7 for video editing

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  1. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    I'm currently considering a few factors... the major one being that the current Thunderbolt monitor is WAY past it's prime and is spec'd too poorly to buy at 1000 bucks, but I would like to get a machine that has the quality of current iMac monitor.

    My current set up is the 2.3Ghz Mac Mini with a 256gb SSD and the 1TBHDD on a smaller 23 inch monitor. But I'm wondering if the new 2013 27 inch iMac would be an upgrade or a downgrade from my Mac Mini for video editing? On one hand my i7 Mac Mini has quad-core hyper-threading while the i5 iMac is clocked at a higher speed with a dedicated video card.

    Which machine is more suited for video cutting on FCPX? I tend to produce a fair bit of web videos. Should I pick up a new (base level) 27" iMac or just stick with my Mini?
     
  2. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    What is your geekbench score?
     
  3. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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  4. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Your Mac mini has about the same performance as the current ones, I would keep it and throw more ram in.

    And the new ones will not be much faster except in the ssd department. The gpu will be still considerably slower than the 775 in the iMac.


    Or buy a top of the line imac base with the 256 ssd. You say you do some editing so having a faster gpu will come in handy.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  5. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Cool man appreciate it! I'm trying to be thrifty as well. What I really want is a Mac Pro. But one can dream.
     
  6. B.A.T macrumors 6502

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    I read a review of this monitor that was very favorable. Might be worth trying as you can return it and there is no restocking fee.
     
  7. kylepro88 macrumors regular

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    The GPU in the iMac would offer a significant boost in performance all around including rendering.
     
  8. propower macrumors 6502a

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    The i5 is 35% faster clock speed. For tasks that do not saturate four cores it will be much faster. For highly parallel tasks the i7 will catch up some. If you are going for the imac i5 spring $200 and that i7 will be 35% faster at everything.

    I had the 2012 2.6 i7 mac mini. The 3.5 imac is way more powerful.
     
  9. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's something I might consider. Good price.

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    No way to get the i7 version at Best Buy though eh? I use the reward zone and collect a lot of points. Maybe I'll see if I can find a refurbished i7.
     
  10. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The biggest problem is that I'm getting a lot of Pinwheels in FCPX... I'm pretty sure I maxed out the RAM too...
     

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