Mac Mini (Late 2012) vs Mac Pro 1,1

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by michael_aos, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. michael_aos macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    Swapping my 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 for a 2012 Mini 2.6Ghz Core i7 & Fusion

    The Mac Pro had 2x OWC 256G SSD's & ATI Radeon HD 5770.

    Each with 16GB.

    In Parallels, the Windows 7 Experience Index on the Mac Pro was 7.1, 7.1, 6.8, 6.8, 5.9.

    On the Mini, it's 7.6, 7.6, 5.9, 5.2, 5.9.

    The Mini doesn't have the "3D business and gaming graphics performance" of the Mac Pro 1,1 w/5770, but otherwise it fares pretty well.

    Also the Mini is using ~37W -vs- ~260W for the Mac Pro, and dumping a LOT less heat into the room.
  2. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Illustration of how time moves on.

    An even more impressive example is to compare the spec/gaming experience on say, an ipod touch to a Pentium 3 PC with geforce 3 video card from the early 2000s.

    smoother, more detailed 3d graphics
    similar ram
    more storage
    several hundred times less power draw...

    We've come a long way.
  3. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008

    im thinking of pulling the trigger also. How good are the mac minis with logic studio and itunes ripping..
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Don't know what the windows experience index is, but on rough number munching by the CPU, the Mini will at least double the performance of that pro.
  5. michael_aos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    I noticed OWC has a used Early 2008 Mac Pro 3,1 (dual quad-core 2.8Ghz) for EXACTLY the same price as my Late 2012 Mac mini.

    If that had been available at the time, I MIGHT have gone that route instead of the mini.

    No USB3, and no Thunderbolt though.

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