Best Mac Mini for 1080p video playback?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macmini22, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. macmini22 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2014

    I'm looking to replace my 2010 Mac Mini because it lags when playing 1080p MKV files.

    The only thing I need it for is iTunes music playback and watching movies, which are mostly 1080p MKV files.

    Which Mac Mini has the best value for that? Can the current base model do that? Or will I have to get the medium one? Or could I even consider an older model and pick one up for cheap?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. giggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2012
    Have you tried gpu acceleration (using players like XBMC or Movist)?

    Another cheapish option would be buying a Windows 8.1 Home license, dual booting it and using MPC-HC on Windows for movies. (again with gpu acceleration, but a lot more effectively than on OSX, as far as my experience goes)

    The new base model could probably handle your movies fine, especially if leveraging gpu acceleration. But since you may want to upgrade to 8gb of ram anyway, you might as well just get the middle model and have a stronger cpu.
  3. Tough Guy macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2014
    Pretty much any computer sold today can do 1080p video very easily.

    I'd go for a 2012 refurb if you can find it.
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Which software are you using? Are you streaming? My late 2009 doesn't lag at all in Plex when not streaming (with both Plex Home Theatre and Plex Server installed).
  5. navier macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    Doesn't have problems playing 24hz (aka 24p) ? :confused:
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    My 2012 2.3GHz i7 has no problems playing 24p in Plex or xvmc. Neither does my late 2009.
  7. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA

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