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Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: December 25, 2019 12:24PM
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... I'm seeing the late 2012 and some late 2014 Mac Minis going for about the same amount on eBay, which is making me think I should give her one of those (both of which can run Catalina) versus the 2011 I originally had in mind. However, the 2014's are the slower ghz version, and I see that the RAM is not upgradeable...




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/25/2019 12:53PM by PeterB.
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 25, 2019 12:37PM
The 2014s with 16gb are pretty darned nice.

"the 2014's are the slower ghz version"

Depends on what model you're looking at. DO NOT BUY the 1.4ghz model. The 2012 core i7 models will whip the 2014 models at multicore processing, but not regular single core usage. So unless you are rendering video a lot, the 2014 model will be the faster processor. NOT TO MENTION better graphics and the potential PCIe drive connectivity.

Most likely the 2012 models will not see OS upgrades past Catalina.
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: December 25, 2019 12:44PM
You need to fix your link.

I have both a 2012 2.3GHz quad i7 and a 2014 2.6GHz i5 and they feel about the same speed-wise, both booting from SSDs that I installed. There are few differences. The 2014 rips a little faster in Handbrake, and the 2012 plays 4k video a little better in VLC.

2014 is okay. Yes, you'll need to get one with lots of RAM as you won't be upgrading it. You can (and should) upgrade the drive in it if it came with a hard drive rather than a SSD. It's just a big PITA to do so. I think there's benefit to the extra Thunderbolt port in the 2014, and the 802.11ac WiFi. Do not bother if it's the 1.4GHz version.



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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: December 25, 2019 12:54PM
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Sarcany
You need to fix your link.

I have both a 2012 2.3GHz quad i7 and a 2014 2.6GHz i5 and they feel about the same speed-wise, both booting from SSDs that I installed. There are few differences. The 2014 rips a little faster in Handbrake, and the 2012 plays 4k video a little better in VLC.

2014 is okay. Yes, you'll need to get one with lots of RAM as you won't be upgrading it. You can (and should) upgrade the drive in it if it came with a hard drive rather than a SSD. It's just a big PITA to do so. I think there's benefit to the extra Thunderbolt port in the 2014, and the 802.11ac WiFi. Do not bother if it's the 1.4GHz version.

Link fixed (no idea why that happened). And yes, I saw that the upgrade on the 2014 is a PITA. I suspected that I should avoid the 1.4Ghz version; unfortunately, the higher ghz ones are a bit out of my price range.




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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 25, 2019 12:56PM
I think I still have a 2012 (i5, 2.something Ghz) that is new in box and I will throw in 16 GB of RAM (I have it somewhere). Make me an offer.
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 25, 2019 07:43PM
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I think I still have a 2012 (i5, 2.something Ghz) that is new in box and I will throw in 16 GB of RAM (I have it somewhere). Make me an offer.

Haha, I have one new in box as well.




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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: December 25, 2019 08:22PM
2012s are holding their value because they were the last ones where you could easily muck around inside. If you don’t need to do that, newer is probably better, barring the other comments that have already been made.
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: December 25, 2019 08:46PM
What's with hoarding them new-in-box?



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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 25, 2019 08:56PM
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Sarcany
What's with hoarding them new-in-box?

mine was supposed to be a second computer for other family members so they leave mine alone... that never happened...
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: December 26, 2019 06:46AM
I have both an 2012 2.3 i7 and a 2014 3.0 dual core i7. For regular daily computing, browsing , excel, e-mail the 2014 seems slightly faster, more responsive. For Photoshop work the older 2012 can process raw files about 30% faster. Both have 16gb ram, the 2012 has dual 1TB drives, RAID 0 and the 2014 has a single 1TB fusion drive
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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: December 26, 2019 08:26AM
Thanks everyone. I ended up deciding to go with the 2012 model ... just heard too many bad things about the 1.4Ghz 2014 model...




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Re: Need some quick advice: Mac Mini 2012 vs 2013 or 2014?
Posted by: rz
Date: December 26, 2019 09:05AM
Two years ago I got a 2014 mini, 2.6Ghz i5 for $400 on Craigslist. The guy had several. He'd had them listed for a while and nobody was buying them. He threw in a SuperDrive as well. I'm starting to think I should have bought all he had.
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