Processors used in iMac vs Mac Mini

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SantaClause, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. SantaClause macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    I've been trying to decide between an imac and a mini since the imac annoucnement and someone recently told me that there are different processor series used in imacs vs those in the minis. As he was explaining it, it quickly got over my head but it had something to do with heat consumption I believe.

    Anyway, my question is, is it safe to assume that I can't just directly compare the advertised stats of the processors to know which one is faster?

    More specifically, will the 2.7 i5 quad core in the new imac be much faster than the 2.6 i7 quad core in the mini?
  2. MatthewAMEL macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Ivy Bridge processors come in families.

    iMac uses Desktop.

    MacBook/Mini use Mobile.
  3. seanm9 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2007
    Cape Cod, MA
    I think the answer really depends on what apps you are using and if they can make use of hyperthreading in the i7. Also the turbo mode on the i7 is faster... My gut tells me the top of the line BTO mini (2.6 i7 $899) will beat the entry 21.5" iMac (2.7 i5 $1299)... Unless the GPU comes into play where the iMac's dedicated GPU should beat the Mini's integrated graphics...
  4. SantaClause thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    I will mainly be using Pro Tools for audio production and am not really concerned about anything graphics related as long as I can see what I'm doing. I'm starting to think that $900 mini is the way to go for me as all of interfaces and hard drives are firewire and I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse - just need to pick up a secondary monitor.

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