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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 23:43, 7 February 2010

just found out that it's not so easy to upgrade ram in mac mini.... it's possible, but looks like a rape of this little device... there's also rhumors that new models are on the way... 4 gb of ram is very attractive... i have to think a bit more.....

thanx, Art and dbijoux !!!
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby Artemiy » 23:48, 7 February 2010

New models on the way? Hmm, the Mini was updated just this fall, so I don't think there will be an update sooner than summer. Add the shipping delay to Europe, and you have a 6-8 month period to wait... Makes no sense to me, think of how much fun you will have instead ;-)

As of upgrades - you can do it in a local service center. Service cost for replacing or upgrading some part is about $20-30, so not that much really. But yes having it all maxed out right away is best, especially when it's not doubling the price of the unit itself. With my iMac it was 512 MB and 160 GB stock, I added $200 to have 2 GB and 250 GB and never regretted that. Later on I upgraded to 500 GB though, but we have a huge family photo/video collection that eats up more than half of all used space...
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby PauloF » 01:13, 8 February 2010

These models just arrived (December 2009):

Sorry about the page being in Portuguese, but I think you will understand the specs and the prices ;-)

http://store.apple.com/pt/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 02:16, 8 February 2010

Artemiy:
"having it all maxed out right away is best"

that's my decision !!! ))) ... and i'll sell my laptop for extra money, so... 4 gb and 2.53 Ghz

.... and "rhumors about new models" was a fake, just to know if this is true or not )) ... not true and that's good news for my greed ))

special thanx to PauloF for his reply.... he must be busy now...
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby Artemiy » 08:09, 8 February 2010

Glad I was able to help, I AM!
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby javaj_ » 22:25, 12 April 2010

I AM, did you ever buy the Mac Mini?
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 22:47, 12 April 2010

not yet, but hope soon i shall
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 15:11, 29 March 2011

at last i plan to get it in a week or so, but i have one doubt... mac mini was released a year ago and maybe they'll release new model soon? maybe someone has info about it? any rhumors about fresh 2011 macmini?
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby Artemiy » 15:55, 29 March 2011

The latest Mac Mini was introduced 9 months ago, this is not a lot for this model. They do not update it as often as their laptops, for example. I can't tell you anything but in any case this current model is very good.
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 12:37, 30 March 2011

Art, and what do you think about this?

http://www.cultofmac.com/rumor-sandy-br ... onth/84809
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby Artemiy » 14:56, 30 March 2011

I AM, if you need a new machine urgently, buy it now, if not, of course you can wait for the newer model. But - it also depends on how quickly the new model will appear in your local dealers, though. For us here in Ukraine, it's usually around 1.5-2 months after the US launch.
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 11:17, 31 March 2011

the thing is that a friend of mine goes to US in a week or two and could buy it there... not an easy decision... nobody knows for sure about when new model'll be out...

thanks for your help!
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby Artemiy » 14:04, 31 March 2011

I AM, the thing is I doubt that the newer model will be quad-core. Mac Mini was always similar to MacBook 13" and MacBook Pro 13", and these models have dual-core chips even after the latest updates. Only the 15" and 17" MacBook Pro got quad-core chips, and they're in a much different price range.

I'd say, this isn't your last purchase in your life right? Get what you can get right now, by the time the new model is out, you will already have spent a lot of precious time doing great work and having fun in the process.
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby V-CeeOh » 14:10, 31 March 2011

I AM, please keep this thread updated as I'm on the same boat as you right now (althought I'm not worried with the Mini chipset but more with the lack of money in my pocket ;-))
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Re: is mac mini enough for DAW

Postby I AM » 11:41, 2 April 2011

yeah, sure i'll keep you informed... my friend sould return from US in may and i hope he'll bring me this little mashine... hope it'll be new model... in announce i posted before it is said that new mac mini will have newer CPU and newer is better as core2duo is 2008 (or smth. similar) chip and i5 is 2010...
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