Which O/S upgrade is preferable for an upgrade Mac Mini solo

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Abdulhaq, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Abdulhaq macrumors regular

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    I have upgraded my Mac Mini solo with a core2due T7200 2.0 ghz processor. The performance improvement is remarkable. I am still using the Tiger Operating system. I have 2 Gb Ram installed. I believe the next logical step is to upgrade the operating system. I can upgrade to either Snow Leopard or to the Lion (not Mountain Lion) operating system. Kindly guide me as to what would be the preferred operating system to upgrade to.

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    Abdul Shaikh
     
  2. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I think you'll get better performance out of snow leopard with that setup. I used to run a 2007 mini and when I was briefly at those stats, I found lion used up a bit more ram than snow leopard.
     
  3. Isamilis macrumors 6502

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    I have iMac 2010 (4GB / i5) and evaluate Lion for 2-3 months before going back to Snow Leopard due to performance and memory usage. So, yes, go with SL.
     
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

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    SL,
    Best OSX ever.
    Also available for sale on disk at Apple for 20$/18€
    You can also consider buying the server version, it allows virtualisation on other/modern machines too.
     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    You have to install SL first regardless, even if you want to go to Lion, so I'd suggest installing SL and trying it out. I did a similar CPU upgrade on an early 2006 iMac recently and I went on to Lion, mainly to keep the UI consistent with my ML machines & to use iCloud to keep bookmarks, etc in sync. Either will run well with 4GB RAM, but if you're staying with 2GB you'll see better performance with SL.
     

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