MBA 2014 13" Max specs Vs Mac mini w/ 2.3ghz i7,256 gb ssd and 16gb RAM

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rosejap, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. rosejap macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2014
    which has a better performance the max out MBA 13" 2014 or
    the Mac mini w/ 2.3ghz i7,256 gb ssd and 16gb RAM? portability is not an issue to me since ill be doing my stuff at home. Ill be doing simple 3d mobile game dev and web designing/development.
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Probably the Mini w/ SSD since it's a quad core and none of what you mentioned will tax the GPU much (the HD5000 is better than the HD4000 so that's the only real advantage of the MBA). The SSD will also be faster in the MBA, but even comparing the relatively slow SSD in my 2011 to the super fast SSD in 2013, I really don't "feel" much of a difference in day to day activities.

    Having both a Maxed out MBA (okay sans the SSD as I only have a 256GB SSD) and the Mid-Mini w/ SSD I think I'm a pretty good judge of what is "better"....

    Now, will either computer do? My guess is yes. The i7 in the MBA is still a pretty decent processor (even with just two cores), so I don't think either will be a problem. The 8GB of RAM MIGHT be a limiter in the MBA, but I am still able to do quite a bit even running a VM on my MBA, so.....

    Ultimately if you don't need portability then I would just go with the Mini.
  3. rosejap thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2014
    Thanks for the ultra fast reply.Your so rich man you got all type of mac just what do you do with all of your computer? or maybe your just so rich that you got a lot of extra money I envy you lol and thats for real . Anyway what specs of monitor will you advice me to get? if im going with the mac mini.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I wouldn't call myself rich. And they were purchased in different years, so it helps stem the overall cost. And owning a business means tax deductions and the mini I upgraded to SSD and 16GB of RAM myself (much cheaper than buying from Apple)....

    Anyway, I personally like the 27" 2560x1440 monitors. They've come down greatly in cost over the last few years. The MBA and Mini can't drive monitors with greater resolution than 2560x1440 so 4K monitors are out. If you go with a 1080P (1920x1080) or 1200P (1920x1200), I wouldn't go more than 24" in size. Here in the USA, 1080P monitors are fairly cheap. Get what you can afford, but also remember that a monitor is something you can use on multiple computers and something you stare at for hours....
  5. rosejap thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2014
    Thanks a lot man. I think I'm going to get 1080p monitor . :)
  6. bradkb macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2012
    I have 2 23" Samsung on my Mini, although they are only 1680x1050 so not full HD, but on OSX, its great, I can do everything I need and I am a sys admin, so real estate helps.

    Love my setup, only switched to Mac last month, bye bye windows. Been in IT for over 21 years, and MS through and through at work, just got fed up at home, and Windows 8, no way. :)
  7. Miat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    Mini is definitely more powerful overall, but the Air has a better GPU.

    Which is more important is your call, but don't skimp on the external monitor.

    I don't do any special graphics stuff, but I do watch a lot of movies/docos, including hi-res Blu-ray level. I am not rich but I spent the extra dollars for a good Dell U2713H (over the lower grade U2713HM model) and it was worth every cent.

    Dell have regular sales of monitors, and the U2713H is currently on sale for about 30% off. Get in quick if you want it. Or wait for the next round of sales.
  8. JohnPi314 macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2014
    I'm getting a PLANAR PXL2790MW. Tom's hardware has a review. It uses a LG AH-IPS panel that is layer bonded.

    Mine is on the way, so I can't comment on actual use yet.

    I would also upgrade your CPU on the mini to 2.6.
  9. Malte. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2012

    What is your budget really? Maybe you should take a look at iMac.

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