iMac Aluminum 2007 vs Mac Mini base 2012

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by stuff99, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. stuff99 macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Hi folks,

    I have the following iMac from 2007:

    "The iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 20-Inch (Aluminum) features a 2.0 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (T7300), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 2 cache, an 800 MHz system bus, 1 GB of RAM (667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-5300), a 250 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD+R DL "SuperDrive", ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics acceleration with 128 MB of GDDR3 memory, a built-in iSight video camera, and built-in stereo speakers underneath the 20" glossy TFT Active Matrix LCD (1680x1050 native) display designed to "bounce sound off the desk below"."

    I upgraded this to 4gb of RAM and 1TB HDD.

    And I am currently considering upgrading to the base Mac Mini Model:

    2.5GHz Mac mini

    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    OS X Mavericks

    How much faster will this upgrade be? Will the graphic performance be better as I do light gaming on occasion.

    Please advise. Thanks!
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    CPU about 3 times as fast
    GPU 5-6 times as fast.
    HD 10-20% slower (just get a Kingston SSD now for 60 bucks and make it a fusion for 5 times faster HD).
  3. jetblast macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2013
    I made the "upgrade" and for whatever reason the '07 iMac felt faster :(

    Plus my magic mouse keeps losing BT connectivity with the mini. It's so frustrating.
  4. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Oh you can upgrade it yourself?
  5. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
  6. breiti macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    - Benchmark of your iMac CPU vs. the Mac Mini CPU
    - your iMac VGA vs. Intel HD 4000 As you can see in the right list of VGAs... the Intel HD 4000 is rated much higher. So your games you can run at the moment will probably fly through the HD 4000.

    I don't know how important your upgrade is, but the next iteration of the Mac Mini may get Iris or Iris Pro graphics which will be much better for light gaming.

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