New Mac mini or…

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Omega Man17, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Omega Man17 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2014
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    I need a new Apple Computer. I want to use my external monitor, so it could be a small laptop or a mini. My minimum specs are and I 5 processor 2.6 GHz, upgradable to 16 gigabytes of RAM. It needs to be able to run Final Cut Pro. I'm asking the question under this forum, because I am uncertain how well the integrated graphics of the Mini would perform. How expensive would an acceptable external graphics card be? Thanks in advance for your consideration.
  2. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2011
    I'd honestly forget the external GPU option, it's too expensive for dubious gains - if the mini isn't an option without a discreet GPU, a nice rMBP with GeForce card might be the better option.
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    For Final Cut you mostly want a quad i7. This is an expensive option in all line-ups, except with the Mini.
    Quad 2.3/2.6 can't be beaten price/performance wise. Bonus: the Mini allows dual-SSD's for 1GB/s read write, only available in the MacProGarbageBin. Fast disk is also a big plus for FCP.
  4. ckeck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    The vast majority of folks running FCP(x) don't need a quad-core, let alone and recent gen processor. You can do everything you need on a dual-core unless you're worried about shaving seconds or minutes off some render times.

    If this is your profession, sure. If you're editing the family video here and there or your GoPro footage from your weekend hike/mountain biking excursion, you can do that on a 3+ year old Mac just fine, so don't let that rule out a Mini.

    I'm all for "more power", but this "i7 is a must" or "quad-core" is a MUST for something just because someone dropped FCP or Premiere is getting really old.
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    So true. Anyone with an iPhone 5 can easily edit HD video... So never mind a 3-year old Mac... You can do it with a 2-year old phone. :)

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