mini configuration for pro audio (2.3 or 2.6)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by KptIglo, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. KptIglo macrumors member

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    hi

    i wanna order a new mac mini for pro audio (logic)
    but i'm not sure in which configuration
    16gb ram upgrade off course and the i7
    but do i chose the 2,3ghz and install a ssd (my first one)
    or the 2,6ghz without a ssd but maybe a seagate hybrid (which lies around)

    the fusion drive isn't recommended for working with large files, so it's uninteresting

    the mini needs to be 24/7 on, cause it'll also be the media (&download) server for the atv with an attached drobo pro via iscsi, where also all samples, plug'in librarys etc is stored too

    any advice is very welcome!!!

    thx alot
     
  2. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    There is about a 10% speed bump between the 2.3 and the 2.6, so if you are often running the processor at 100%, it may be a worthwhile upgrade. If not, I'd put the $100 towards an SSD. I'm not familiar with the seagate hybrid drives, but they sound similar to a fusion drive.
     
  3. KptIglo thread starter macrumors member

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  4. 53x12 macrumors 68000

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    I would agree with COrocket. Unless you need the 10% bump, I would save the $100 and put that towards 16GB RAM or a SSD.
     
  5. trancinchino macrumors member

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    I would just go with the 2.6 ghz, 16 gb, & ssd.

    Yes, you will be spending more money right now, but the performance boosts will be worth it.

    Here are the benchmarks:

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-3615QM+@+2.30GHz

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-3720QM+@+2.60GHz

    I've been running the 2.6 w/ dual SSD & an external usb 3.0 hdd for my samples and Logic has been running flawlessly. I've had no CPU or latency issues. I can't say that the 2.3 won't perform the same way, but for a $100 price difference, you might as well just upgrade now.
     

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