Mac Mini i7 2012 or rMBP 15" (base model)?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by apfelmann, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. apfelmann macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    what would you do?


    Mac mini i7 would cost me 600€ (is on sale)
    I already own a 256GB SSD
    16 GB RAM costs 110€
    23" display costs 130€

    total 830€

    new rMBP (base model) would cost me 1700€ (edu pricing)
    FireWire adapter 30€
    back to school gift card -70€

    total 1660€

    the only real advantages of the MacBook Pro would be the iris pro and the retina display as I don't really need the portability.

    or am I missing something in the comparison?
  2. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Well if you don't need the portability that the mini is the one to get.
  3. ctyhntr macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    Memory in the rMBP isn't upgradeable unlike the Mac Mini,
  4. kwijbo macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2012
    Both are maxed at 16 GB
  5. giggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2012
  6. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Are you are talking base 15 inch rMBP?

    rMBP wireless would offer much better data rate.

    mini has more USB slots

    rMBP SSD is PCI, a lot faster than the mini SATA with SSD.
  7. apfelmann thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    I only really need it for my FW AUDIO INTERFACE. As far as I know this should work fine with the adapter


    yes, I mean the 15". I know it's a tough comparison, but there just happened this LEAK for a Mac mini MID 2014!!!

    so maybe soon time for a new comparison ;-)
  8. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    The CPU in the rMBP is faster, as is the GPU and PCIe flash. The fact it's a laptop is a bonus if portability is needed but I'd hold on to see what specs the new Mac Mini has.

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