12-13-2012, 08:13 PM
Originally Posted by lrd
I guess what it comes down to is the SSD. I have to decide if a dedicated 240 GB (vs Fusion 128GB) is worth the reduced performance of the Mini. I'm seriously leaning towards the iMac right now.
I keep getting hints that the Mini can hold both an HDD and an SSD (i.e. keep the 1TB HD and add an SDD) which would be fine but the Apple store "Genius" told me that the Mini can only hold one drive (the server version however can hold two). Besides, I don't need the HD...I have a 6TB NAS with a free slot for another 2TB drive.
As I mentioned above…it appears that you're spending a lot of money for a fairly top end setup (getting the top-end cpu options for either computer).
The Mac-Mini in no way shape or form is a top-end unit…even with the faster cpu option & an SSD…and obviously no dedicated graphics hardware. It won't be no "slow poke"…but without dedicated video/graphics hardware…it just will have no chance of "running with the big dog's"
(computers with dedicated graphics)!
Remember…everything these days is about video/graphics…which means you want/need the best graphics hardware you can afford.
Computers these days with with high clock rate cpu's & quad-core's really aren't being fully utilized…it's the graphics hardware that is being pushed to the limit in many cases.
Also…that $250 for the 240gig SSD is sort of expensive. That's approx. $1.00/gigabyte…good deals on 240gig SSD's these days go for about $.50-$.55 cents/gigabyte (so half the cost).
Unless you can save a bunch of bucks on the Mac-Mini (versus the 27" iMac setup)…you really have got to go for the 27" iMac:
- max ram of 32gig (versus 16gig for the Mini)
- much faster cpu (3.4ghz vs. 2.6ghz)
- dedicated graphics hardware (this is REALLY the BIG & most important difference)
I don't want to hear any "whining" later when you get the Mac-Mini…then realize that it's graphics/video performance pales next to the 27" iMac!!!
My 2 cents…good luck,