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Mac mini What do you recommend?

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Arkady Gil Calculating status...
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I'm thinking about buying a Mac mini i5 2.3, working with 3D environments and rendering architecture. Does AutoCAD seamlessly official? I always check to see that high-powered gaming graphics. Call of dutty 4 ¿official fluently?

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Aug 2, 2012 11:32 PM (in response to Arkady Gil)

    Sad case, get the mid Mini with a Real Video Casrd & upgrade to the 2.7 chip.

     

    The Server has a faster Quad Core, but onlt Intel Graphics, the lower one also only has Intel Graphics.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 3:54 AM (in response to Arkady Gil)

    For the most productivity with AutoCAD and 3D, the any Mini

    may lack the power you really need and you may want to

    reconsider and look at an iMac instead.

  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 4:12 AM (in response to Arkady Gil)

    I replaced my 2007 iMac with the 2.5 GHz i5 mini when the older iMac's monitor went south a few months ago.  I do software development on the mini and haven't missed the older iMac.  I was reluctant to replace the 2007 iMac with a "new" iMac because I suspect that the current model iMac will become an older model iMac in the near future.

     

    I don't know how well the graphics would perform with CAD, but it can handle my develpment tools quite well, even when running them in Windows 7 in Parallels.  I did upgrade the RAM to 8 GB, however, to improve the performance of Parallels.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to capaho)

    capaho wrote:

     

    I replaced my 2007 iMac with the 2.5 GHz i5 mini when the older iMac's monitor went south a few months ago.  I do software development on the mini and haven't missed the older iMac.  I was reluctant to replace the 2007 iMac with a "new" iMac because I suspect that the current model iMac will become an older model iMac in the near future.

     

    I don't know how well the graphics would perform with CAD, but it can handle my develpment tools quite well, even when running them in Windows 7 in Parallels.  I did upgrade the RAM to 8 GB, however, to improve the performance of Parallels.

    Bump to 16 gig and it will be even better.  With 8 gig,

    you could "feel" you were running a VM when both on

    the Win7 side and the Mac side.  With 16 gig, it feels

    more like a Mac and a PC at the same time.

     

    I will say that some of the tools I use on the Win7 side of

    things are real memory hogs.  Now, set Win7 VM to 4 gig

    all just hums right along.

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