Do I really gain any desktop performance going from latest Air to Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sean Dempsey, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    I have the latest Air, fully specced. 2ghz i7, 8gig ram, SSD. Intel Graphics 4000.

    New Mini is 2.3 i7 4core, same intel 4000. I have 8 gigs of ram for it already sitting in a box, and then I can get a Fusion drive which I don't really care about. I don't need the storage though, my Air only uses about 120gigs.

    I really want one for my home machine. I have a Thunderbolt display already. I just don't see any real gains over the Air as far as heavy design work. A bit more processor, but the same ****** graphics and screen tearing and bad redrawing as the Air. No SDD speed boost. No ram boost.

    Is there something I am missing? Or is it really just not worth the cash for basically a $1200 i7 upgrade??????

    Please weigh in.
  2. donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
    16GB RAM and more storage with fusion

    side note: have you looked at connecting a high end graphics card via thunderbolt port with sonnet echo express expansion bay and "red the rocket" card?
  3. Sean Dempsey thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    The 16gb of ram would be the same in the mini. And I have no need for more storage than 256 SSD at all, which the Air has.

    I have never heard of the expansion bays, but those look awesome. Probably not really in the budget though.

    I think I am answering my own question here now that I am thinking about it. I need the iMac =/
  4. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Northern Europe
    Mini use 4 cores (mobile cpu), iMac use 4 cores (desktop cpu). Plus that you get more ram compared to the MBA.

    CPU benchmarks for the highend mini should be quite a bit higher compared to the MBA. The CPU in the iMac is somewhat faster than the Mini, but not much.

    A iMac with the i7 would cost you quite a lot more than the Mini, wish you should take into account.

    Question is rather, do you need GPU power + screen? If not choose the Mini if the budget is limited.
  5. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    If you already have the Thunderbolt display, it doesn't make any sense to buy an iMac. The 2.3 quad core mini's geekbench score is over 60% higher than the top of the line Air. There is a difference.

    Buying the iMac is just spending the $1000 for the Thunderbolt display again.

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