minimum req for media server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mpb2000, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. mpb2000 macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    What model mac mini (what year) would be the minimum to run as a media server to stream high def video from external hard drives? The new models seem excessive for that purpose, in price and functionality.
  2. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    My 2009 2.26 C2D was borderline capable for my preference. Personally, I wouldn't go any older than that. However there are some that installed Crystal HD in older minis with success.
  3. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    It depends entirely on what sort of streaming you are doing.

    If you are transcoding a full HD file in real time your going to need something with a more recent CPU, a Core 2 Duo may not be able to handle that.
    If you're streaming without transcoding this shouldn't matter at all, any Mini with Gigabit Ethernet port or an Airport card which supports 802.11N would suffice.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    For streaming, a NAS drive is fine, so really pretty much any Mini that will run the current version of iTunes smoothly will do just fine.

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