old Mac Mini versus new Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rydenfan, May 7, 2009.

  1. rydenfan macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    I am about to pull the trigger on a Mac Mini for a server. I have heard grumblings that I want to buy the last gen model as it has Firewire 400 while the new ones have Firewire 800. Firewire is what i care most about as that is the output to my DAC. Would love to hear from those that know more than me.
  2. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    I deployed a new Mini as a 10.5 server a couple of weeks ago.

    I had to "upgrade" to server because the 10.5 Server media wouldn't boot in the Mini. So be careful if you're using old 10.5 media on a newer system.

    I have an external 7200 rpm FW800 drive as the boot drive and am using the slower internal drive for a Time Machine.

    The customer hasn't complained since the deployment. We're letting it sit for a few weeks of regular use before we start doing iCal deployments and such.
  3. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Using a FW400 device with 800 only needs a $8 cable or plug adapter.

    The only advantage the old mini has is the ability to upgrade the CPU. The new mini is much better in every other way.
  4. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    The big benefit of the new one is the extra RAM. If you plan to use a large database on it, enjoy that extra/faster RAM.

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