New Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by adamtoone, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. adamtoone macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Hi All,

    Quick question...i currently have a Macbook Pro Retina and have it hooked up to two monitors about 80/90% of the time and then i never can be bothered to unplug etc to use as a laptop!

    Im thinking of buying a base Mac Mini just to sit there and be used for YouTube, small iMovie projects (GoPro Footage), music, browsing and maybe small Photoshop projects...anything big obviously i can use the Laptop!

    Will the MacMini Current £399 1.4GHz, 4GB model live up to this and perform well? or not?

    Or is there a better option for less?

    Keen to hear your thoughts Please!!

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Do you have the 15" or 13" MBP currently? I'd say that if its the latter you may see a performance hit going from a quad core to a dual core.

    I think the Mini will be fine running the software you started though.
  3. adamtoone, Dec 31, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014

    adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    I currently have a 13in MBP Retina but i don't use it for too much that i think is high performance...

    I won't see a slower performance with just browsing YouTube etc will i?

    I think i would upgrade the RAM to 8GB!
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    You probably won't notice a lack of CPU performance, but the mechanical hard drive will make the overall system feel slower. I have a 2013 MBA and my wife has a 2013 15" rMBP. For day to day operations, they both "feel" the same because the CPU isn't taxed (surfing the internet, office, watching videos, etc. etc.). However, I bought a 2014 Mid-Mini and tested it out before swapping the mechanical drive for an SSD. The Mid-Mini (even though running a 2.6ghz processor vs the 1.7ghz in my MBA), felt considerably slower because you have to wait for the data to load from the drive....
  5. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    God point, SSD is a must coming from a rMBP. I learned that the hard way as well, trying to go from a 2012 rMBP to a 2010 iMac with 7200RPM HDD.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    Don't buy ANY new Mac of ANY type UNLESS it has 8gb of RAM installed. With the 2014 Mini, it is impossible to upgrade the RAM unless you replace the entire motherboard.

    I would suggest that you spend an extra $200 and get the midrange 2014 Mini. 8gb RAM, faster CPU, better GPU.
  7. jg321 macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2012
  8. P00t, Jan 1, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015

    P00t macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2012
    Nottingham UK
    Adam, serioulsly, go for a 2012 base model, you can upgrade the ram and it's much more powerful on the CPU point from the 1.4ghz on the base 2014.

    I got mine from for £399 but they only have the 2014 left now.

    If I was you, google for a 2012, loads of shops still cleaning out old stock of the 2012 models.

    I love mine and it's plenty of power until Apple release another Quad Mac Mini.

    EDIT: Misco have some in stock...
  9. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    What resolution are these two displays?
    2012 Mini can only do 1x 2560x1600 via TB/Mini-DP + 1x 1920x1200 via HDMI.
    2014 Mini can do 2560x1600 twice.

    Of course, the PCIe-SSD on the 2014 is also a lot faster than a SATA3-SSD.

    Other than that, I'd also lean towards a 2012. It's a bit less "throwaway".

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