Mac Pro or equivalent Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by les24preludes, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. les24preludes macrumors member

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    I have:
    Mac Pro 4.1, Early 2009, 2.66Ghz quad, 500Gb HD. Geekbench 3 score 1896 single-core, 7245 multi-core
    Mac Mini Late 2012 2.5Ghz, i5, 500Gb HD. Geekbench 3 score 2569 single-core, 5324 multi-core

    I'm wondering which to use in my main system. I use Microsoft Office a lot, and run Audirvana+ music software into my DAC via USB. I also watch freeview TV and YouTube a lot so streaming is important.

    With this kind of software and usage, which will be faster and/or more efficient? The Mac Mini is USB-3 rather than USB-2 and no doubt other internals have been upgraded.
     
  2. Filin Contributor

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    Spend 160$ for upgrade Mac Pro with w3690 CPU and you will have 2900 single / 16000 multi on Geekbench 3
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    And USB 3.0 only need $20 on the Mac Pro 4,1. You can click the link (KT4004) in my signature.
     
  4. les24preludes thread starter macrumors member

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    You mention the W3690. The W3670 and W3680 are cheaper - would there be much loss of speed with those, and do they work?
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    You shouldn't able to feel the difference between W3680 and W3690. Also, X5677 is also a good choice.
     

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