Considering new Mini - advice sought (photo editing mainly)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jtcedinburgh, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. jtcedinburgh macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Hey folks,

    I had a 6-core, 1TB/64GB Mac Pro 2013 for a while, which I sold. I then settled for using my 2015 13" Macbook Pro (3.1GHz i7/16GB/512GB). However, it's helluva slow for working with moderately large images in On1 Raw 2018, especially for exporting.

    Does anyone know - based upon knowledge of the gen 8 CPUs, etc. - whether the hexacore i7 in the Mini will be a significant improvement over the dual core i7 in my laptop, and whether it might approach or even improve upon the performance I got from that Mac Pro?

    I wouldn't hesitate on the Mini if it were a touch cheaper, but specced out similar to my old Mac Pro (which admittedly I bought used) it's about evens - excluding the RAM, which I'd buy third-party.

    Disclaimer: I'd hoped to be buying a new iMac 5K today, but I'm not sure I want to up my budget to get a comparable 5K based on the older CPU tech....
  2. jtcedinburgh thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
  3. pl1984 macrumors 68020

    Oct 31, 2017
    What did you buy?
  4. jtcedinburgh thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Don't judge, but I had a moment of craziness and bagged a refurb iMac Pro (base spec - 8 core/32/1TB). It worked out not that much more than a fully tricked out (non-refurb as there are none available) iMac 5K. Should arrive tomorrow!

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