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Old 26-09-2011
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Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.
  

Hey all, I am here to take help while choosing between Mac mini and Mac mini server. For that I have also made the configurations which are as:
  • 2.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7;
  • 8GB 1333MHzDDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB;
  • 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm + 256GB Solid State Drive;
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory

And also for the Apple Mac mini server 2011 configurations are as:
  • 2. 2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 with 6MBon-chip shared L3 cache;
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB;
  • 750GB Serial ATA Drive+ 256 Solid State Drive.
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.

With the help of this configuration I can say that Mac mini server is more power full then Mac Mini 2011. I need this build for the gaming and also for the graphic design. So please suggest me that which one should I take for my use.

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Re: Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.

I am having some of the core differences I your case which are as:
  • According to me, the Apple Mac mini has a higher clock speed, but only fewer cores and 2/3 the L3 cache.
  • And also I can say that Apple Mac Mini is having the faster GPU with the high prosing speed.
  • Since here your requirements are only for the graphical design and for the gaming then in your case I will suggest you that Apple Mac Mini 2011 will be good in your case. Because Apple Mac Mini is having the better GPU with faster memory that will help you to perform faster while playing the games and graphical design.
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Re: Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.

Here in your case, I will suggest you to not go with the Apple Mac Mini server 2011, because it is costly and it is having the configuration more than your requirements. And here you only want the new built for the gaming and for the graphical design. It will be good and less costly for you to buy the Apple Mac Mini 2011 for your use. And Mac mini 2011 is having the higher clock speed and good GPU system. And in the future if you want to increase the performance then you can also upgrade the RAM and the GPU as per your requirements.
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Re: Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.

According to me now Apple Mac Mini 2011 comes with the new Thunderbolt I/O technology for the expansion and this is the new feature in the Mac mini. With the help of this Thunderbolt port your can connect your Mac mini 2011 with the peripherals devices such as high-performance storage devices, RAID arrays and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. It also include the new feature of ultra-fast Wi-Fi. With the help of this ultra-fast Wi-Fi you can download the application directly from the Mac App Store. And also you can get the music and the movies from the iTunes and also you can share the data with the AirDrop. This helps in faster trnfering the files and data via the networks. So here I also recommend you for the Apple Mac Mini 2011.
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Re: Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.

First I want to tell you that if you are a average computer user then I think that there is no need for your to buy the server for your use. So here I will recommend you for the Apple Mac Mini 2011 only. Because if you bought the Apple Mac Mini server at that time you will need to handle the additional tools for the server. And still if you have decided to bought the server for your sue then I will suggest you for the following specification of the server:
  • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Dual 500GB Hard Drives (at 7500RPM)
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM (1333MHz)
  • Connectivity options: Wireless-N WiFi wireless networking; Gigabit Ethernet wired networking, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: 4x USB 2.0; 1x FW 800; Thunderbolt port; HDMI audio video output; SD Card Slot
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Re: Need help to choose between Apple Mac mini 2011 and Apple Mac mini server 2011.

After watching the suggestion which you all have suggested to me, now I have decided to go for the Apple Mac mini 2011 not with the Apple Mac mini server 2011. And here I would like to say thanks to all you for suggesting to choose any one of them.
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