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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    and the heat.
     
  7. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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

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    Desktop drive > Laptop drive

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

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

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

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    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.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...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

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    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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