Keep my 2011 mini or try to upgrade to a 2012?

davidg4781

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I recently purchased a 2011 Mac mini. Great machine, and I do miss having a laptop, but I think I'm going to stick with a desktop, at least for a while.

It does need some upgraded RAM, and I'm also considering adding a larger HDD. My question is, is it worth trying to upgrade to a 2012 before doing all this, since the RAM's a bit different.

AFAIK, all I'd get is USB 3.0, and the only peripheral I have is my Time Machine disk. Other than that, a bit of a speed boost. I plan on doing some video editing later in the future and I'm sure the 2011 can handle that fine. I may even end up doing it on my Power Mac.

The main reason I'm thinking of all this is I had kept trying to get a refurbished from Apple, and right after I pulled the trigger on the 2011 the refurb came up, then I saw a few 2012s on here for sale for just a bit more. But I guess that is life.
 

phrehdd

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The three things that come to mind are

1) quad vs dual CPU if you have apps that take advantage of multi-core
2) type of video within the unit (on board GPU speed and access to RAM)
3) USB3 vs USB2 this is a night and day difference if you move data around or do backups.
 

davidg4781

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Unless I can find a quad at a very good price I'd get just a DC CPU. Both have discreet graphics, but I'm sure the 2012 has a bit more power.
 

Ebenezum

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i5 processors in 2011 and 2012 Minis have very little difference, about 10-15% depending on software.

i7 in 2012 is a lot more powerful but good luck trying to find one within reasonable price...:(

USB3 vs USB2 does make quite a difference if you have lots of data.

If your software can use GPU then 2011 model with AMD Radeon HD 630M might be better option.

Otherwise differences are quite minor.
 

c8rlo

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i was in a similar situation, but wanted a MM as a desktop to replace my aging Windows(Acer) desktop. i found a mid-2011 MM on eBay for a good deal then ended up selling it 2 days after i bought it and found a late-2012 MM locally that was cheaper than what i paid for the 2011. mainly wanted the 2012 for the USB3 which was the deal breaker for me.
 

davidg4781

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Thanks. I think I'll stick with the 2011. USB won't matter to me since I rarely move large files. I think the only time it might is when I start doing that video editing and even then I'll just move it over the network.
 
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