Mac mini 2018 VS Mac Pro 2013

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by complaxneoda, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. complaxneoda macrumors newbie

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    Which is the best choice between a 1000 usd used 2018 Mac mini i5 model and a 1250 usd used 2013 Mac Pro quad-core version?

    Thank you.
     
  2. dia3olik macrumors member

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    Mac Mini all the way since it's more powerful, smaller, with lower power consumption and with TB3.

    plus the remaining $250 can help grabbing an e-GPU
     
  3. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    It will depend entirely on your planned use.

    If you have high GPU requirements, the Mac Pro may still be a better option but that's a pretty big "if" and "may". Personally I'd go with the Mini.
     
  4. complaxneoda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just want a Mac with more ram. I have a 8gb ram 2016 MacBook Pro. It is Slow and always run out of ram.
     
  5. dia3olik macrumors member

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    On the contrary, if you need high GPU performance, the base dual D300 of the trashcan won't cut it.
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    buy the i5 MM2018 and upgrade it to 32GB yourself, it's less than 150 and it would future proof the Mini
     
  6. complaxneoda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thank you
     
  7. th0masp macrumors 6502

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    Well hopefully you don't need upgradeable internal storage either. The mini is bad news in that regard.
     
  8. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    I guess I meant higher than what the Mini provides out of the box. I should have said "higher than integrated".
     
  9. smetvid macrumors 6502

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    Who cares about internal storage on a desktop computer? There are dozens of ways to add extra storage to the Mac Mini. Even if the internal storage could be replaced I doubt I would ever do it since TB3 makes that process so much easier.
     
  10. th0masp macrumors 6502

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    Evidently you don't. I on the other hand have managed to accidentially yank out a cable or two in my life when fumbling around with cables at the back of the computer. If that's the drive I store my movies on, ok - I click away the error message and continue. If it's the one my scratch space or user folder is on that's currently being written to I can see fun times ahead. :)
     
  11. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    Desktop SSD TB3 solutions cost a lot more than swapping a SSD stick. The adapters/enclosures are ridiculous just to add 256GB.
     
  12. smetvid macrumors 6502

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    I just bought two USB-C to USB-3 adapters on Amazon for $8.00. Thats too expensive? There are also m2 enclosures with USB-C connections capable of over 2,800 MB/S for $30. Not sure what your budget is but that is not ridiculous at all.
     
  13. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    A USB 3.1Gen2 interface (10Gbps) can carry 1.25GB/sec as a theoretical maximum.

    I generally agree that internal storage is less important for a desktop, especially the size of a mini (there are even perfectly sized USB3.0 enclosures to stack drives with the mini) but if you want the full speed of a good M2, you need something Thunderbolt based.
     

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