i7 worth the upgrade cost over i5?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by goodtimes5, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

    goodtimes5

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    The cost of upgrading from 2.5ghz i5 to 2.7ghz i7 is $100 from the Apple Store for the Mac Mini. Is this worth it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That depends on your normal workload. Most users would never notice the difference in processor speed, since most users rarely push the CPU to its limits. You'd see much more performance boost from increased RAM or a SSD.
     
  3. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    +1 on what GGJstudios said.

    Definitely save the money and put it towards an SSD. This single upgrade will prolong your Mini for many years. My brother has a 2006 MacBook Pro that I handed down to him a few years back. A few months ago, he wanted to upgrade to a new machine. I told him to wait until the new MacBooks came out and helped him install a 120GB Intel SSD. He's telling me that the MBP will easily last him another year or two before he really needs more power and has to upgrade.
     

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