Mac Mini speed/imac speed compaired

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Choctaw, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Choctaw macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2008
    Went to BestBuy today and had a sales person tell me not to buy a mini but get an imac........he said the speed was too slow compaired to the imac. Also that by the time I paid for mouse, monitor, keyboard I would have the same about of money invested. Just wanted some opinions?
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Speed is relative, however, overall the iMac will have better performance specs than the Mini. It's a combination of processor, memory, gpu and hard drive speed.

    However, my Mini is presently connected to a 55" Panasonic plasma's HDMI port in the family room, possible with an iMac, but cumbersome at best.
  3. Jef88 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Well it depends.
    If you already have a keyboard/mouse and a screen you are probably cheaper with the MacMini.
    If I hadn't a 26'' LCD HD t.v I would probably go for the iMac.

    But it's personal. So don't focus on other comments but determine for yourself what is the best in your environment.
  4. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    The issue with the iMac vs the mac Mini is that iMac has a more powerful process (Core i5 vs Core 2 Duo), also the imac supports more RAM and has a much more powerful GPU. If you want better raw specs the go iMac. If your computing load is light then you can easily get away with a mini and save some money.

    I have a mini server which works great, but it just can't compete on raw GPU horsepower. The sever does fine for chewing through Mathematica computations or playing Unreal Tournament 2004.

  5. MacHamster68, Apr 5, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    yes the iMac has a faster processor and abetter GPU , but the mini is meant as a very basic computer for people who have a keyboard , a mouse and a monitor or TV at home already i was told and is 60% cheaper

    and if you use the mini for what is was meant for , browsing the web , emailing , watching a movie , and some other light tasks then you will not notice a difference really
    the mini was never meant to replace a iMac or Mac pro
    even if some
    believe it could and abuse that little thing for tasks a MacPro would struggle, but blame the poor mini for being underpowered then is not fair
  6. Choctaw thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2008
    A thank you

    Thanks all for your comments. Just wanted to get some feed back.

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