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Oct 13, 2007 14:37 |  #1

Making the switch to Mac. I'm not a gamer, so I just need something to handle my modest post-processing needs. The mini with a 23" Cinema Display is about the same price as the 20" iMac. I know the spec advantage goes to the iMac, the screen advantage I'm guessing goes to the Cinema Display, especially with the matte/glossy debate on the iMac. So, for you Mac enthusiasts out there, which would you pick, and why?




  
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Oct 13, 2007 14:56 |  #2

I'd go with the Mini and a matte display over the new iMacs. I'm using a 22" Samsung on my Mini and am quite pleased. I'll probably pull the processor in it (1.66 gHz Core Duo) and replace it with the T7600 (2.33 gHz Core 2 Duo) in the next few months. You should also get yourself an external firewire drive with a 3.5" drive in it. I have a 500 gig Seagate FW that I use as my boot drive.


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Oct 13, 2007 14:59 |  #3

You don't say what you're going to be running on the mac. I use a mini with a 23" cinema display with Aperture and it's sluggish to say the least.




  
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Oct 13, 2007 17:55 |  #4

You need the horsepower and RAM as much as a nice display.
I went with Mac Pro, and will get a big-a$$ display when I can afford it.


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Oct 13, 2007 21:06 as a reply to  @ SWPhotoImaging's post |  #5

I decided finally to get MacBook Pro, but later on i will add mini mac with 23" Cinema display, but i will be sure to get powerful mini mac [2.33 or 2.4GHz, 2GB ram or higher if possible].


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Oct 13, 2007 21:11 |  #6

philb10 wrote in post #4117321 (external link)
You don't say what you're going to be running on the mac. I use a mini with a 23" cinema display with Aperture and it's sluggish to say the least.

In what respect is it sluggish? My 1.66 gHz Core Duo does a very decent job, rendering my 30D raw files in 2-3 seconds and PSCS3 is snappy. How much RAM do you have and are you using only the internal drive?


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Oct 13, 2007 21:12 |  #7

Tareq wrote in post #4118742 (external link)
I decided finally to get MacBook Pro, but later on i will add mini mac with 23" Cinema display, but i will be sure to get powerful mini mac [2.33 or 2.4GHz, 2GB ram or higher if possible].

Your MBP can drive an external display while closed. You just need to plug in a keyboard and put it aside. Probably won't need a Mini if you have the MBP.


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Oct 13, 2007 21:15 |  #8

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Your MBP can drive an external display while closed. You just need to plug in a keyboard and put it aside. Probably won't need a Mini if you have the MBP.

Yes i know that, but just for separate work i may prefer to keep my MBP alone, and i can swap the cinema monitor if needed.


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Oct 14, 2007 00:23 |  #9

Tony-S wrote in post #4118768 (external link)
In what respect is it sluggish? My 1.66 gHz Core Duo does a very decent job, rendering my 30D raw files in 2-3 seconds and PSCS3 is snappy. How much RAM do you have and are you using only the internal drive?

It visibly takes time to render files and I have to wait for it to finish before continuing. I am using the internal drive with 1.5G of ram. From what I have read, aperture is a heavy user of the graphics card and the one in the mini is not really up to the job. However, I knew this when I tried the demo version before buying Aperture. Like many, I'm waiting for the next revision of the Mac Pro to come out before next upgrading.




  
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Oct 14, 2007 09:45 |  #10

My Mini renders raw images in 2-3 seconds, while my MPB does it in about half that time using Aperture. If you're doing a lot of throughput, I can see why a Mini might be a downer. No doubt a Mac Pro would be substantially better and is the way to go if you've got the money to spend. The glossy displays on the new iMacs are a non-starter for me.


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Oct 14, 2007 12:01 |  #11

Apple still has the white 20" iMacs available as refurbs. How do the original matte iMac displays compare to the Cinema displays?




  
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