Best Mac Mini For Web Design?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Scott Botkins, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Scott Botkins macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    I only need to run Adobe Photoshop CS4. That's the only big thing I use so which would you recommend?
  2. glasgood, Dec 20, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    glasgood macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2012
    The entry level Mac mini 2012 is a capable machine. A solid state disc and a minimum of 8GB RAM is highly recommended. The integrated intel HD 4000 Graphics on all the new 2012 mac minis will be good for basic photoshop work, but if you are leaning towards professional graphics design then dedicated graphics from Nvidia or AMD is highly recommended and as such the iMac 2011 and 2012 may be a better option.

    But with focus on the Mac Mini here is some info:

    The Mac Mini 2012 integrated graphics has the following support:

    Shader model 5.0
    OpenGL 4.0
    DirectX 11S

    Adobe Photoshop CS4 graphics system requirements

    Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for

    Shader Model 3.0
    OpenGL 2.0

    Given this the Mac Mini would be overkill for Photoshop CS4.
  3. benwiggy, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I used to run Creative Suite 4 on my 2006 iMac perfectly adequately.
    The new Mini is over 3 or 4 times as fast as that. Even the base model has the CPU performance that you get from a base Mac Pro in 2009. CS4 was launched in 2008. The Mac Mini will cream any Mac released over four years ago.

    There is no danger that any Mac in recent years is not going to be handle any tasks that most people are going to throw at it. The only question is whether is takes 1 second or 5 seconds to do it.

    If you're trying to determine the quaternary structure of protein molecules, or making a 3D map of the universe, or rendering the next Pixar movie, then maybe you want a faster machine, in order to save time.

    But for most uses, any recent computer is going to cope admirably. Creating gifs for websites is these days a trivial task. Frankly, running 17 Adjustment Layers on a 300dpi 8" x 10" CMYK image is not that taxing either.

    Yes, a Mini with a Fusion drive or SSD will be faster, noticeably, than one with a standard hard drive; and the i7 will be faster than the i5 base model. For me, getting the top-rated CPU in the mini is all about "future-proofing" -- making sure that the Mac will be able to cope with the bigger software of the future.
    If you can afford more than the base model, then I would still advise getting it, but for reasons other than "which Mac can do what I need". That question has long been answered.


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