how powerful are the mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Kurri, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Kurri macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    Maxed out with a i7, 16ram, fusion drive, are the comparable to the imac's now? or are they different parts? would this run photoshop fine with layers, effects, etc.? Thinking about getting one of these instead of an imac since I have a very nice monitor already and save a little $. Trying to find the downside to these? different ram maybe not as fast? any help?:apple:
  2. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    The CPUs aren't the same. The Mini uses laptop-grade U series processors with dual-core only.

    The iMac uses dual or quad core desktop processors (if I'm not mistaken), which are quite a bit more powerful. That's not to say that the Mini processors aren't adequate, though.

    RAM and storage are the same to the best of my knowledge. (1600 MHz DDR3 RAM and PCIe storage)
  3. Menel, Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Several iMac models have mobility CPU also. I think the mainboards between mini and imac are very simliar.

    I was going to correct you, but wow, it does use the U processor. This is not just mobility, but ultra low voltage mobility for less power.

    The previous generation 2012's use the M series mobility. Within the same generation of CPU, M's have more processing power than the U's, but U's use less power. Both are mobility.
    The M's go in the thick and heavy workhorse business machines like the inch think Thinkpads.
    The U's go into the thin and lights.

    Nothing beats the old 2011 with dedicated gpu and dedicated video mrmory. It's been downhill since then.
  4. Menel, Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    iMac with i7
    21.5inch uses i7-4770S (desktop-quad)
    27inch uses i7-4771 (desktop-quad)
    27inch retina uses i7-4790K (desktop-quad)

    The Mac Mini with i7
    i7-4578U (ultra low power laptop, dual)

    The mini uses not just 'M' mobility laptop class, but gimped further 'U' ultra low power mobility dual core.

    These are not even remotely in the same realm of similarity...

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  5. MiniMe77 macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2015
    I doubt a maxed out Mac Mini compares to an iMac with an i7 quad-core iMac processor, but I would think that a maxed out Mini would definitely compare to a lower end new iMac. I think the SSD really helps a lot with speed in any case.

    I have just purchased the Mac Mini with the specs you mention and it is REALLY fast. I haven't tried out Photoshop yet to be honest but I'd be amazed if it can't handle effects and layers at a decent speed.

    Safari is way faster than my old 2007 iMac which had become unbearably slow. All other apps open almost instantly without barely having time to show the bouncing animation in the dock.

    The 1TB SSD on the Mini is blazing in my opinion. For the things I do the speed is incredible and I'm really happy I didn't bother going for an iMac this time around. Over the moon with it so far.

    Oh, I just noticed you said a Fusion Drive. I actually took the 1TB SSD drive so I don't know if that makes any difference or not compared to the Fusion Drive.
  6. Kurri thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    thanks for the info. some really good stuff. I appreciate it!
  7. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    Keep in mind that you might not notice a difference, even in Photoshop.

    The i7 Mini still is very fast at most tasks and would do Photoshop just as well. Where the more powerful/quad cores help is generally things that are more intensive yet.

    You'll notice lots of people use the 13" MacBook pro for graphic design and Photoshop. They all use dual core U processors.

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