Mac Mini 2010 vs Mac Mini 2011

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sgiera, May 15, 2015.

  1. sgiera macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2014
    I have both a mac mini 2010 "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 and a mac mini 2011 "Core i5" 2.5. I only have enough parts to use one of them.

    I want to use as a media center, want energy efficient and converting files from mkv to mp4.

    Which one should I choose and why?

    Thank you,

  2. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    There isn't any reason not to use the 2011.


    Also, if you're converting the MKV files for playback on the mini, VLC will play them without needing a conversion.
  3. tpluth macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Carmichael, CA
    Go with the 2011.

    It has Thunderbolt, a more powerful graphics chip and it's about twice as fast as the 2010, based on GB3 score.

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