Which will be the fastest machine?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tomak160, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. tomak160 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2013
    I currently have the lowest spec 2012 Imac with the spec: -
    2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    8GB (two 4GB) memory
    1TB hard drive1

    I am looking to upgrade to the mac mini and get the max spec possible

    with a 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    16gb crucial ram (not bought from apple)
    256gb OCZ Vector SSD (not bought from apple)

    they both come to around the same price
    so which one is the better spec and will it be worth the upgrade?
    also is the Quad-core I7 clocked at 2.6GHz or Quad-core I5 clocked at 2.7 turbo boosted to 3.2Ghz faster?

  2. hudson1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    The link below is probably all you need to see the difference in 64-bit multi-core performance (higher is better):

    iMac (2.7 quad i5) -- 8634
    mini (2.6 quad i7) -- 12533

    The memory and drive differences will only separate them further.

  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    why ? please tell why ? Hint the correct answer would be you do multi core cpu intensive tasks. Hand brake would be one that the mac mini is good.

    Other wise just buy an external t-bolt ssd and make it your boot drive.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  5. hudson1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    I didn't mean to imply they change the Geekbench score but they do influence how responsive the machine is/feels. IOW, it's more than just a Geekbench score that matters and that's why I wrote those differences would further separate the machines.
  6. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Of course and totally agreed
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    So weird, since the maintenance many answers are gone.

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