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Old 03-28-2015, 11:09 PM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Thanks for all the thoughtful replies.
I bought this Mac Mini without even imagining that it wouldn't be fab because it's "new".

Do I need to be careful about the kind of external drive I get?
Stick with Thunderbolt?
Will SSD be all right?
What about a USB3 drive?
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:25 AM
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Getting great results using thunderbolt attached SSDs in a dual enclosure. One Samsung 850 and a AngelBird. I have another Samsung 850 SSD USB attached for instrument samples (Kontakt, Toontrack)
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:31 AM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

Here's another of my endless questions. I'm seeing i7 Minis on Ebay with a 2.6GHz processor– are those off the table?
The 2.3GHz is the only one listed aa a qualified machine.

This one has a flash drive:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/191542215146...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:01 AM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

The 2.6 ghz model was the "build to order" upgrade of the 2.3 ghz model. So it will have a little more "horsepower" than the qualified 2.3 ghz machine. And I think the fastest processor available in a mini.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:29 AM
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Here's another of my endless questions. I'm seeing i7 Minis on Ebay with a 2.6GHz processor– are those off the table?
The 2.3GHz is the only one listed aa a qualified machine.

This one has a flash drive:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/191542215146...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Not at all off the table! Actually the even better ones because even more powerful!
It´s just that those 2,6GHz models have been more rare and harder to get on the
used/refurbished market than the 2,3GHz versions.

This machine from your Ebay link is a very cool offer! It even includes a 256GB Flash
drive which is much faster than any of the best SATA SSDs like Samsung 850s etc.
If you can afford it I definitely would recommend to buy this one.
Given that it is in good conditions (which one never knows exactly at Ebay offers
unfortunately) this is a really cool machine and probably worth up to $1300-1500.-.
http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...012-specs.html

You could upgrade the Ram to 16GB for about $100.- if you want to push it to the max
but it´s original 8GB would be ok as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-DDR3L-...+mac+mini+2012

Further instead of any external drive you could put a 2nd SSD in this Mini which is a
great option because this is a much faster and much more reliable solution than any
external drive.

What you would need for this:
1) Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (at least or if you could afford it the 1TB model)
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-512GB-...ng+850+pro+1tb
2) Data Doubler Kit to mount the 2nd SSD in the Mini
http://www.amazon.com/iFixit-Mini-Du...ubler+mac+mini
3) the tutorial video how to do it yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WL3Q7UujI

This would be the recommended thing to do which would make this Mini to a really
powerful and definitely serious music production system you could use on a professional
level for years for sure.

If you would not want to do this replacement procedure depending on your budget any
external SSD with USB3 connection or even faster any external SSD with a Thunderbolt
connection would do the job.

These 2 options would be the most affordable yet good quality ones probably.
1) OWC 480GB 6G external SSD USB 3
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other.../MSU3SSD480GB/
2) Samsung 850 Pro 512GB + external USB3 enclosure
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-512GB-...ng+850+pro+1tb

http://www.amazon.com/Optimized-Inat...rnal+enclosure

This would be the most affordable yet good quality external SSD+Thunderbolt solution.
It´s not really cheap but a good one and recommended by a lot of pros here.
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Lacie/9000491/

Anyway. Whatever you decide to do, the 2,6GHz 2012 i7 Quad Core is definitely the best one
of the 2012 Minis, it´s just much harder to get than the 2,3GHz.

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Old 03-29-2015, 08:30 AM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

So if you stick to VO work, you should be good with the eBay i7, a little more processing power can't be bad. 8GB would be a concern if I were working with VIs or more than a small number of tracks and plug-ins. (what VRW said... types much faster than I)
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:15 AM
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Default Re: New Mac Mini i5— Will it work?

I do mostly VO— that's the daily bread stuff. But I do want a machine that can handle heavy lifting because I eventually want to get back into making movies and who knows what else.

Thanks bradch00 and CME.
Thanks for all the fab spex on the drives, VRW.

And thanks for the warning away from a fusion drive!
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:03 AM
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Happy ending: I got the i7 2.6GHz Mac Mini with the flash drive on ebay, and the dealer who sold me the new Mac mini will resell it for me.

so-- Yay!
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Good show!
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