Mac mini limitations...

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by xheathen, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    I keep seeing the Mac minis popping up on apples refurb site for 600 and it's getting really tempting!

    I'm either going to pull the trigger on a mini or I'll have to wait until next January to save up for the iMac I want. Just curious to anyone who owns a new mini, have you found that it hits it's limit pretty easily? Or is it powerful enough to keep you going for a while?

    I wouldn't be gaming at on on it, but I will be running cs4 both Photoshop and illustrator at the same time plus iTunes and the web. I do graphic design and web design and just web browsing.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Just add some RAM, and the mini could easily handle that, as none of it is particularly CPU intensive.
  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Just make sure to add some ram. The standard 2 gigs is pretty slim for having Photoshop + other applications open.

    We have people at work who use CS5 on 2010 mac minis without any problems. Certainly run about as fast as the G5 PowerMacs they replaced.
  4. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    That kind of brings up a question - I know people talk about 4 or 8gb of ram, and the thing comes with 2gb, so it it possible to just buy another 4gb and have 6? Or does it only recognize 4 or 8 for some reason?
  5. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    The 2010 mini comes with 2 1gb sticks installed from the factory.

    You can install ram in different stick sizes, but given the price of decent quality ram, I would just go ahead and get matching pairs.
  6. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
  7. LittleEskimo macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2009
    Ram works better in pairs.

    I run adobe master collection CS4 on my mini, and it works great. All your standar design/web programs work completely fine on the mini.

    I can tell you that if you are going to be doing video editing or working with 300 or 600dpi indesign/photoshop/print files, you will probably want to shoot for the sky with 8gb. Might as well. I am going to upgrade to 8gb. Having worked with the mini in these programs, it seems like 4gb would be good, but 8gb would be extremely comfortable and kushy.

    Multi-tasking - I have had indesign, web browsing, flash players playing music, itunes, other programs, switching around in spaces and I have not had any lagging.

    Video is a whole different story. I myself have played around a little with after effects and premiere, and I have not noticed any real slow downs, but due to the processor speed; doing a ram preview will take a bit longer than say a 24"imac (obviously). But I have yet to open up some old after effects projects that were fairly big and really get down and dirty with AE and Pr. For people like myself who do AE and Pr amateurly and as a hobby, it works fine. Anyone doing light to maybe even mid video editing would be fine, if you add a some patience. One could also bring up the fact that professionals some years ago would be using mobile setups with macbooks that had the same stats as the mini.

    My personal opinion and summary - For myself, I got the mini because it was what I could afford being a student and all, and I had done a ton of research on it before I bought it to know that I wasn't getting a bum deal either. I am a graphic/web student as well, and it performs above my needs. Course I also have an issue with imacs/upgrading, but that's another story. I'm also not trying to sell anyone on anything. Just giving my experience. All depends on your needs, and budget. Just know that for what you are doing, you should be plenty comfortable with the mini if that's where you want to go.

    Right now I'm just a learning student, but anyone trying to find information on the subject of testing & demonstrating adobe/master collection programs and tasks on the mini can feel free to message me with any questions or requests. When I was searching for a mini/mac, it was quite hard to find info on the subject, so I would be more than happy to be of help.

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