7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2012 3:33 PM by woodmeister50
tristancanada Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

Hi; I am currently saving for my first Mac. My Dad may be buying an iMac soon; and I would like to buy a Mac mini. My question is; if both of them has the same configuration (proccessor; RAM, etc); will they be as fast? For exemple; will one go faster because of X reasons? And by the way; wich mini should I choose if I want to do those things:

 

- Starcraft 2 and Sims gaming.

- A little of Xcode

- Web

- LOT OF MUSIC

- Maybe some iPhoto and iMovie stuff (I did say MAYBE)

 

 

By the way; yes I already have a screen and stuff; so that is my advantage of taking the mini... But I'd like to get the Magic mouse with it...

 

 

Thanks for all of your answers!


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  • 1. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    tristancanada Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    By "If both has" I meant the mini and the iMac

  • 2. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)

    For the moment, you cannot get "identical" configurations.

     

    All iMacs have quad core processors.  With the exception

    of the Mac Mini Server, all Minis have dual core processors.

    And while the Server will out perform the i5 iMacs it is left

    in the dust by the i7 iMacs.

     

    All iMacs have discrete graphics cards, all which are superior to

    the only Mini with discrete graphics chip.  The base model and

    the server version have Intels HD3000 integrated graphics.

     

    See this page to see comparative benchmarks of the different systems:

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

     

    With that said, as to selecting a Mini for gaming, you will want the

    version with the Radeon 6630M.  You may also want to select

    the special order 2.7 GHz i7 option.  Always good to have more

    horsepower under the hood.

     

    Also, the day you order, place an order with OWC or Newegg and get

    an 8 gig RAM upgrade.  You will be glad you did.  (getting it from

    Apple is way to expensive).

  • 3. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    tristancanada Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you; but I have one last little question: Is the magic mouse compatible with the Mac mini?

  • 4. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    tristancanada Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Not true; I got another question also: What is the Mac mini Max supported RAM?

  • 5. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)

    Apple only "officially" supports 8 gig in the 2011 Minis.

    However, 16 gig works quite well.

     

    As for the Magic Mouse, using one right now and works fine.

  • 6. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    Phil Femano Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Apple's web site no longer indicates availability of an i7 iMac? Did they discontinue that, and if so, does anyone know why???

  • 7. Re: Mac mini VS iMac
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)

    Phil Femano wrote:

     

    Apple's web site no longer indicates availability of an i7 iMac? Did they discontinue that, and if so, does anyone know why???

    The i7 iMac is a special build to order option

    direct from Apple.  Look under Processor options.

     

    There is a 2.8 GHz qud core i7 for the 21.5" and there

    is a 3.4 GHz i7 for the 27" iMac.  The options are only

    available with the models with the better graphics chip.