Mac mini 2011 Server to replace 2008 Mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by akuma13, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. akuma13 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    So I'm on a downsizing kick trying to de-clutter my personal belongings and gadgets. I have a Mac Pro that's taking up too much space and so I took a bite on a $876 Like New Mac mini Server 2011 on Amazon (jerk reaction to the low price).

    Will i get comparable speeds to the Mac Pro (2.8 Quad Core 14gig ram) with the new Mac Mini Server?

    I do video transcoding, Web Development/Illustrator/Photoshop for school (hopefully work in a few years) and run Boxee(connected to mac) to my TV.
    I guess it's also my HTPC in a way.

    The added benefit would be the HTPC outputs (HDMI) Wifi (wich i don't have on the Mac Pro). I just want to sale my Tivo (I don't watch Live TV), Boxee and Mac Pro.

    Basically I want an all in one machine that does a bit of everything.

    Any thoughts?
  2. n0cus macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2012
    With the Mac mini you won't be getting the GPU power I assume you got with you Mac Pro, but CPU performance should be similar. Geekbench has the 2011 sever Mac mini around the same zone of 2009 Quad-core Mac Pros.

    Hope it help.:)

    P.S. You should upgrade the RAM on the Mac mini.
  3. akuma13 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    Cool thanks for the link!

    I dont do any gaming so not worried about that. I hope the processing speed can help a little with photoshop and Illustrator.

    I'll definitely upgrade the ram.
  4. n0cus macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2012
    It should hopefully.

    By the way, congratulations and enjoy you new Mac mini.:)
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  6. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    My 2011 Mini Server is about 12% slower than my 2009 Mac Pro 2.66 quad core running HandBrake.
  7. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    Maybe a slight tradeoff in speed, not much at all, but the reduced space and power consumption may be worth it.

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