How would the base Mac Mini compare to a 2008 iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Star Nuts, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Star Nuts, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012

    Star Nuts macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I own the one in the middle, upgraded to 4GB of RAM.

    I'm looking at the base model, upgraded to 4GB of RAM. I'll probably upgrade to 8GB, but let's say 4GB to keep things fair.

    Will I see a noticeable improvement in speed? With my iMac, I'm seeing the spinning wheel a lot more when moving in and out of programs/pages quickly. I don't do any heavy duty stuff. I use my computer for the internet, light editing in Aperture, and running my very large iTunes database through an external drive.

    I was planning on upgrading to an 27'' iMac but I'm realizing I'm spending a lot of money for power I don't really need, though the screen would be nice. But I could just get a different screen for a few hundred. I know it won't compare to the iMac, but I don't think I need it to. I also feel like it'll be a better value in the end if I decide to upgrade again in 3 to 4 years, seeing as I'll only lose a few hundred dollards compared to close to a grand.

    Now that I think about it, I could just use my current iMac the main display, saving me from buying a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and a monitor.. That's assuming my iMac CAN be used as a separate monitor.
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Processor - Mini wins
    GPU - iMac wins*
    Memory - Mini wins (faster, and expandable to 16GB)
    Storage - Mini wins (also with Thunderbolt is more expandable)

    * I don't think there are any direct comparisons, but I believe it would be faster, but neither are going to be real winners compared to a modern discrete GPU


    Only the 27" iMacs can be used in Target display mode and even then the compatibility varies depending on which 27" iMac.

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