Choosing a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by WillO95, May 20, 2016.



  1. 2,5Ghz i7 Quad-Core Server (2011?)

    9 vote(s)
  2. 2,8Ghz i5 Dual-Core (2014)

    7 vote(s)
  1. WillO95 macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    If you had to choose, cost is the same!

    Previous Generation 2,3ghz i7 Quad Core Mac Mini Server, with a 256gb SSD plus a 1TB Hard Drive. 16gb RAM


    Latest Gen 2,8ghz i5 Dual-Core Mac Mini with a 1TB Fusion. Which I would swap out the HDD with a 960GB SSD thus creating a Fusion PCIe/SSD set-up. 8GB Ram.

    Cost wise are the same, so just a throw up between the two.....

    I use the machine for Media storage, YouTube and general spreadsheets. Machine isn't being taxed. I can't upgrade the RAM in the later gen Mini, but 8gb should be fine really?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    2.3GHz i7 is the 2012 model I think. Same CPU as in the 2012 15" MBPs.

    I'd definitely go for that. The CPU's a beast.

    EDIT: sorry, the poll shows the 2.5 i7? Do you have a link to the machine so I can confirm which model it is?
  3. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  4. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    Yes, 8 GB will be perfectly fine for your current use. If OS X resource requirements do not increase, you never decide to use the machine for a different purpose, and/or you don't care about resale value, it will be fine for the future as well. ;)

    Also, be warned that swapping out drives in the latest iteration of the Mini is a non-trivial task!
  5. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    If the 2011 mini has the Radeon card, go for that one. It'd be similar to the one I have (mine is the 2.5 i5) and it runs so well.
  6. alex.marton macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2015
    My House
    Do you game at all? I always wondered how games ran on the AMD card in the 2011 Mini. :)
  7. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    you could get a very cheap NUC to do that much better than a mini.
  8. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    Well, the core issue is always how the overhead of OpenGL is horrible on the Mac. I actually play Star Trek Online via Crossover and it runs pretty well. The fans WILL flare up and stay on high, but it runs.

    The interesting part is how an app that relies on the double whammy of OpenGL and Oracle's Java (not the Apple MRJ) runs great on Windows 10, including screen capping, but I can't screen record on the OS 10 side of things to save my life. Everything else with that app can run perfectly, but not a screen video capture.
  9. alex.marton macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2015
    My House
    That sounds good! I have never, ever found anyone, that had the Mini with AMD and played the same games as me... I play quite a bit of Sims (lol) and a tiny bit of old GTA (San Andreas). Always wanted to know how they run. :p
  10. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    I've played San Andreas on this mini. All I really needed was a controller, because keyboard controls suck.

    Lego Marvel runs, despite not being supported. (actually, all Lego games have ran on this mini without fail)

    There's also an app called Real Boxing that I've tried, but I can't get it to read a controller and keyboard controls suck.
  11. WillO95 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    Took me a while to reply sorry! I recently started working at a Apple reseller so means I can get big discounts for iPads etc.

    The original plan was to sell my current late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15 (1TB, 16gb and top processor and dedicated graphics) and for the money get a mini and iPad. But with the discount, I think I'm better of holding onto my MBPr right? It runs rings around a mini, and it's sitting in a dock connected to a 1440p Dell monitor which looks great, plus when I go on holiday I can take it with me.

    I will hold out for WWDC and see if they update the mini with anything note-worthy, but I think for now I'm better off!
    --- Post Merged, May 22, 2016 ---
    Typo, should be 2,3!


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