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Mac mini QC i7 2,3GHz or iMac 2015 QC i5 3,4GHz?

Discussion in 'Mac OS' started by Philosofen, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Philosofen

    Philosofen New Member

    Hey - Sorry if this is not the right forum to post this in!

    I'm trying to decide what Mac that will fit best for using Logic Pro X. I have the opportunity to buy one of these:

    Mac Mini late 2012
    Intel i7 Quad-Core 2,3GHz
    4GB RAM (Will upgrade this right away)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 - 1GB
    1TB HDD

    or

    iMac 27" 2015
    Intel i5 Quad-Core 3,4GHz
    8GB RAM
    Geforce GTX 775M 2GB
    1TB HDD

    I'm kind of retarded when it comes to computers, so sadly I can't help myself in this.

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
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  3. BenB

    BenB New Member

    iMac will outperform the Mac Mini. And you'll want to go with 16 GB RAM eventually. Plus a fast external drive for libraries, media, project files/folders, etc.
     
  4. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    But i7 has a FPU and will outperform the i5 with VIs and plugins. Get the iMac but get it with an i7. With an i5 it will max out on VIs and plugins pretty quickly.
     
  5. BenB

    BenB New Member

    You can get i7 or i5 options in either. But the data buses, the RAM speeds, other parts of the "system", not to mention lots of actual use on my part, show the iMac to be superior. But the difference between CPUs is very minor. Get the i7 for sure, but don't lose sleep over it.
     
  6. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    I agree the differences between CPUs are minor for general use. But for DSP, I think they are quite significant. I have both.
     
  7. BenB

    BenB New Member

    i5 has FPU, also.
     

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