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    Mac Mini vs Mac Mini Server

    I am going to purchase a new Mac Mini (I need the portability of a laptop, but I am on a tight budget. I already have large monitors at home and work).

    The questions is, which one?

    I will run AutoCAD 2011 and Revit 2011 via 64 bit Windows 7 thru Parallels thru Lion.

    The two flavors under consideration are:
    • Mac MINI: 2.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 with 4 gigs ram and AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU (better graphics card)
    • Mac MINI Server: 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with 4 gigs ram Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU (better CPU)


    It really comes down to which is better: the quad core processor of the server or the better graphics GPU of the mini.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    #2
    Welcome to the forums aikitect!

    It's actually no contest... between the two, get the Mac Mini with 2.7 GHz and the 6630M GPU. It's both a faster CPU (for general Revit use) and a faster GPU. (you might want to read my hardware sticky on CPUs)

    That being said, this is not an ideal computer for Revit on a Mac via Parallels. Also, you absolutely need to get more than 4 GB of RAM if you want to run Revit 2012 via Parallels.

    Let us know how it goes!

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      #3
      Thanks for the info. I will definitely bump up the ram to 8 megs.

      I have some hesitation now because I would like to have a portable monitor in case I need to use the mini on the go - if I find something reasonably priced then I will get the mini. In a perfect world I would get a 15" MacPro, but the cost is a bit much for me to swallow right now. On the other hand, no sense getting a mini if it will not work for me needs, even if it is 1/2 the price.

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