Would a mini with a 7200 hdd be as fast (as far as opening apps etc) as an Imac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Whackintosh, May 10, 2009.

  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I realize the CPU is still paling in comparison, but I wonder if matching the HDD speeds can make a mini as snappy as an iMac for everything save for rendering/ripping and the like. Has anyone done any comparisons to check this?
  2. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Perhaps there's the chance given that you have a good amount of memory and your CPU is not too far behind from an iMac. But I'd say no, caus ethe mac mini is such a bare-bones computer. Probably not the answer you're looking for cause this is just speculation tho.
  3. polya80 macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    1) 24" ACD + Mac Mini 2.0GHz 1GB/120GB/9400m = 899 + 599 = 1498

    2) 24" ACD + Mac Mini 2.0GHz 2GB/320GB/9400m = 899 + 799 = 1698

    3) 24" iMac 2.66GHz 4GB/640GB/9400m = 1499

    iMac needs to be superior to Mac Mini else people would just get a Mac Mini plus any 24" display (Dell/Samsung/HP etc) which would mean a revenue lost. You can see that Apple obviously did their pricing research very well. :D
  4. Poirot818 macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2008
    The Mini uses a laptop (2.5") hard drive and the iMac uses a desktop (3.5") hard drive. You won't even get close to the same performance by just matching the capacity and rpm.
  5. mstam macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2009
    You could by installing a 300GB WD Velociraptor if the Mini can accommodate 12mm disks.
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    and the heat.
  7. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    In that case, would an SSD make their their speeds comparable?

    Or perhaps having all apps load from a full-sized external 7200 hdd?
  8. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Desktop drive > Laptop drive

    Yes speed'll improve, but won't be as fast as desktop.
  9. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    Yes, got that. However, wouldn't an SSD drive make up for the speed difference?
  10. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Except for the VelociRaptor is not a 12mm hard drive.
  11. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    The new ones are a 2.5" form factor but probably won't fit anyways. They were targeted towards deskops as the smaller size allowed more air to flow to keep it cooler in a 3.5" hdd slot. Although I haven't heard of them but I'm sure some have shoehorned them in laptops/minis already.
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...why would you try and "cheap out" on a mini and then get an ACD to pair with it = kind of defeats the purpose of an inexpensive desktop rig:confused:
  13. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    For me, the issue is that my desk is too high to comfortable fit a 24 inch Imac, so I'm looking at alternatives. Don't need a Mac Pro but I'm not sure a mini would be nearly fast enough. And I refuse to replace my entire workstation because Apple won't make a mini tower. :)

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