Mini vs Server: How important is a scratch disk in photoshop?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gdourado, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. gdourado macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    Hello, how are you?
    I am thinking about pulling the trigger on a 2012 i7 Mini.
    The 2014 models aren't cutting it for me, because they are all dual core cpu's.
    I plan to use the mini for photography. Lightroom and photoshop mostly.

    I am torn between the i7 and the i7 server.
    The price difference is around 100 euros.

    Whatever I get, I will load it up with 16gb of ram and SSD.
    My question is:

    If I go for the i7, I will swap the stock HDD with probably a 500gb 840 EVO.
    That will be my OS and APPS and working drive.
    The photo library will be in an external raid array.

    If I get the i7 server, I'll install one 250GB SSD as the OS, Apps and working drive and a second 120GB SSD as photoshop scratch disc.

    My question, is the dedicated SSD scratch disc that important for photoshop performance?
    Or is it not worth it and I might as well go for a single SSD setup?
    What is your experience on this?

  2. dyt1983, Jan 6, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: To remove personally identifying info not relevant to the conversation.

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