Mac mini late 2014 vs medio 2011

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tinocordes, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. tinocordes macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2011
    Denmark, Årslev
    Hi all!

    I have a medio 2011 Mac mini with a 2 GHz i7 and Intel HD 3000. It runs good and is still fast enough for me. I am a little annoyed though by the noise when watching movies. Very fast the fan goes to max and gets noisy. The CPU do not seem to be working that hard, so I guess it could be because of the graphics chip.

    What do you think? Will the late 2014 high-end model handle it better? I will lose some Multi-Core performance.

    I mostly watch movies through EyeTV with an Elgato Hybrid on my Thunderbolt display.

  2. Algus macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2014
    HD 3000 isn't going to cause to much heat. More likely that there are dust particles trapped in the machine causing the fan to work harder. Has it just begun doing this recently?

    If all you're doing is watching movies you could use anything from the last several years or so, no need for the latest and greatest.
  3. frank4 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    Most movie files (typically 2GB 1080P) do not tax my base 2011 Mini very much, and it hardly heats up at all. However I have seen that VLC uses more CPU than QuickTime Player.

    Maybe your movie files have some kind of encoding problem, or are huge?

    The only think that is getting a bit slow on my Mini is the time to load a new program, I just have the base 500GB HD and it is no doubt very slow compared to a SSD.
  4. tinocordes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2011
    Denmark, Årslev
    Thanks for your replies!

    The movies from EyeTV is usually 4 gb/hour. The settings are set to progressive scan.

    I cleaned the Mac mini yesterday, and it seems to have gotten a little better. But stille too much :)

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