how soon with GPU on 2012 mini be outdated?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wkw, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. wkw macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2004
    Eugene, OR
    I am going back and forth about 2012 vs 2014 mini. too bad 2014 isn't ram upgradeable. at least they did upgrade the gpu. if I get a 2012 how long will the graphics be good for. I dont game but I like really smooth animations and stuff with the UI
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    if you go with a screen better then 1080p you won't like the 2012 much.
  3. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    My 2010 Mac Pro 3.2 quad with an ATI 5870 GPU had much smoother UI and video than my 2012 mini does. It just depends want you want. With only SATA 2, USB2 and 1066Ghz RAM the Mac Pro was still a superior computer in a dozen ways to the 2012 mini.

    I happen to like the concept and engineering of the mini. Along with the really useful SATA 3 and USB 3 I'm also using the TB port. The mini just works for me right now.

    If you want smooth graphics on a Mac you are going to have to step up to an iMac. My favorite, the 21.5" with the top GPU looks to be pretty good.
  4. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    There must be people out there running 2560x1600 screens from their 2012s, surely?
  5. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I saw another post of yours where you said video at 1080p is much smoother on the 2014 mini with HD5000 vs the HD4000 on the 2012.

    Can you please elaborate?

    I currently have one monitor at 1920x1080, but I'm going to go for a dual monitor setup at some point.

    Do I get another 1920x1080, or am I stretching it with a 2560x1440 in addition to the 1920x1080?

    The specs say it can run that no problem, but I don't want it to lag too much.
  6. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    I Used a 2012 quad for quite some time with two thunderbolt displays..stuff like mission control and ui animations would suffer...not horribly but it was not a very good experience like a current imac or macbook pro.
  7. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    I've run a 30" Dell Ultrasharp at 2560x1600 from my 2009 C2D Mini over DVI-D. Worked great. Should be easy for a 2012 with Intel HD4000.
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Single displays are no problem.
  9. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Sadly, currently there isn't an easy and inexpensive way of attaching an exernal GPU via Thunderbolt. This way we could make the infamous 2014 Mini a winner by attaching a nVidia GTX Series through a TB2 port. Searching information in the web, the less expensive adapter costs around $200 and requires some hacks to make this work (didn't find anyone who tried, there are just suppositions).
  10. Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    It was outdated the day it was shipped, that doesn't mean it won't work fine for most tasks.

    I run a 30" ACD on mine with no problems.
  11. SlickMeister macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    I run a 2560x1440 display with my mini and on the whole it's not too bad but it's not perfect either. It can stutter from time to time.
  12. macaron95 macrumors regular

    May 5, 2014
    just received a 24" screen for my 2012 Mac Mini at a 1920*1200 resolution

    and also tried connecting a 27" display at 2560*1440

    both work just fine

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