Mid Level Mac Mini outperform base Level Imac 21.5 (2011)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tears2040, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. tears2040 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    I usually do heavy hd video compressing/exporting. Working with Final Cut, Red Program, etc.

    From my experience the cpu and hard drive are the bottle neck of my current system. I might be thinking of buying the Mid Level Mac Mini with upgraded 2.6ghz processor and some SSD drives in the near future after the purchase.

    As far as I can tell the integrated graphics seems to be at least on par with the imac in my signature.

    Any opinions on if I would see even a marginal upgrade?

  2. OceanView macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
    I would love to know this as well.
    Been contemplating a new system.
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    The 2012 mid-level Mac Mini will likely outperform the 2012 base iMac too. That's geek bench though. Don't know how it compares in specific video editing applications.
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Guess it outperforms all new non BTO iMacs and the normal Mac Pro (not the 12 core monster with monster price), as none of the iMacs comes with an i7 and the Pro is an ancient beast.
    Is your iMac a dual core, than the update is massive. The new 2.6 i7 mini will do 13000 on Geekbench, your current one around 7000.
  5. tears2040 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    This is the iMac I have

  6. tears2040 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    It seems you have an non hyperthreading i5, so that means serious speed gain, as the new Mini has 8 threads instead of 4 on your model. Expect double speed!
  8. tears2040 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    Wow, sounds great

    All I need is a basic monitor now, $200-$300 range
  9. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    I ordered the 2012 Mac Mini with the 2.6 I7 and this monitor. Just came out this month, under $300, IPS and HDMI. Reviews so far have been very good.

  10. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Really love the 1:30.000.000 contrast on the Viewsonic. You know how they measure that?
    They put on a white image, set it in bright sunlight, to measure the brightest, then they turn it of, take it to a gay dark cave, and measure it there in between two black leather wearing cops for the darkest point. Then devide it: pronto: maximum contrast.
    IPS is 1:800-1:1000, never more.

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