mini: solo vs. duo for video

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sbb155, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    I need to get a mini for imovie video editing. Not final cut. Any idea how much processor will matter? Is RAM more important
  2. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    RAM is EXTREMELY important. I would get duo processors and a 1GB+ of RAM.

    That's if money aint' an issue.

    If it is, get a core solo and 768MB of RAM and you'll be fine. :)

    Wait... do they offer the combination of 768MB on the new Minis? I don't know.. :eek:

    EDIT: I reread your post... yes, RAM Is more important.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    It would matter a great deal. MacWorld has just posted some "real world" Mac mini tests that show a much greater response by the Universal apps on the Core Duo compared to the Core Solo. The integrated graphics in the Mac mini is Core Image compliant but it doesn't have the ability to process everything and as such must offload some of the work to the processor - 2 are much better than one in this case. RAM will also help to stop iMovie from paging things in and out of the (pretty slow) hard drive. 1GB would be a good upgrade to the Core Duo.

    Core Duo all the way. Unless Intel come up with something amazing, I wouldn't really look at a single processor Mac for anything beyond "Joe Average" uses like word processing, email, internet etc. The Core Duo gives a noticeable boost in speed according to all the tests available.
  4. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    for the cost difference, the core duo is the best option for anyone buying a mac mini. An extra $100 is nothing if in a years time your solo mini is crying out for a boost...
  5. mikemodena macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    iMovie doesn't exactly render that fast, as it's not a professional application meant to render as fast and effectively as possible. With 2 processors, you'll be able to use one for rendering and have the other to use another App. At school with the 1.25 GHz eMacs some of the kids edit and it slows down to a miserable crawl when transitions are rendering. Having 2 CPU's is a huuuuuge advantage. Also, up the RAM as much as you can.
  6. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    The mini does have a socket processor though, so in a year's time, the dual core processors might be cheap enough that the one could put in the dual core and/or faster processor. Just a thought...although not everyone is up to the challenge. :)
  7. link92 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2004
    Taking it all apart sure won't be easy :)

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