Mac Mini w/server app 2012 or 2014

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dschultz, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. dschultz macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    I am going to purchase a mini to use as a server at home.

    I am planning on using it for TM backups for 4 Macs, af possible Minecraft server for the kids, and a home automation server for Homeseer or Indigo.
    Maybe some distributed computing project with the extra CPU cycles...

    External storage will be the OWC Thunderbay 4 RAID with Soft Raid.

    Thought on the following:

    2012 i7 Quad core
    2014 i5 2.6 (or i7 3.0) + 256M flash + 16 GB ram

    Speced out this way they are about the same price.

    Thanks for the advice.
  2. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    It really depends on your needs but if you can get the 2012 with an SSD and 16 GB RAM, go that route. The 2014 has better onboard graphics though.
  3. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It probably won't matter much in your application but the 2014 mini has Thunderbolt 2 which is theoretically 100% faster than the Thunderbolt (1) in the 2012 mini.

Share This Page