Smallest and cheapest SSD for Mac Mini late 2012

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  1. jbrady3324 macrumors regular

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    What is the smallest and cheapest ssd drive that would work with mac mini (late 2012)? I am just looking to run OS, XBMC and plex server on the ssd. Nothing else
     
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  3. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget that the small ones are often more comparable in speed to 7200 rpm drives than to the current top SSD's.
    I ended up buying an OZC Vertex 3 60Gb for a cheap-ass PC I have. That one is still among the fast ones. It was 65 bucks.
    And for a SSD it is important to have some head-room. So if your apps total at say 20Gb now, that is pretty tight on a 32Gb drive.
     
  4. jbrady3324 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good call. Thanks for the info.

    I'm debating getting a mac mini for htpc/media transcoder running linux with xbmc and plex or building my own and running linux.

    Linux is a requirement (unfortunately!) to play HD-Audio. For the form factor of the mac mini is a big selling point for me. To build something "close" to that form factor with the same power will cost about the same
     
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

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    What HD audio do you have? The average MKV download only goes to DTS 1536kbit, and that sounds incredibly good.
     
  6. jbrady3324, Apr 4, 2013
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    jbrady3324 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have some dts-ma/truehd rips (movies that deserve such a rip). I agree, the DTS 1536kbit tracks sound great

    I also have plenty of flac, some 24 bit
     
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Where do you play it on then? It asks some serious speakers and a decent amp to hear the difference between DTS and DTS HD. I can't play HD BR sound, but I can't tell the difference between SuperAudio CD (comparable to 5.1 192khz/24bit) and regular DTS (48khz/20bit).

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    Stereo I can use PCM 96/24 bit over optical, no problem.
     
  8. jbrady3324 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a denon avr and MK sound speakers. I can tell the difference in some scenes in some movies. So I guess if I went with a mac mini, I would be able to live with the issue
     

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