Upgraded Mac Mini powerful enough for Photoshop & downloading large image files?

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Tareq Abdulla
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Re: Feedback on maxed out October 2012 MacMini
In reply to Ralf B, 8 months ago

Ralf B wrote:

In May this year I got a late 2012 MacMini Quad i7 2.6GHz with 1 TB / 5400min stock HD and 4GB as refurb. Immediately replaced the HD with a Samsung 480 Pro SSD (256GB) and maxed the RAM up to 16GB from non-Apple source following the instruction videos on OWC's and iFixit's web sites.

The Mini boots in 11 seconds. The SSD yields 520MB/sec read and write. The Mini drives a 27" Dell U 2711 via a TB - to - MiniDisplayPort adapter cable with no hesitation.
I use Aperture - which does not need a dedicated GPU - and my picture library of 350GB on an external WD RAID 0 via Firewire800 - loads in 4 seconds. Processing the RAWs from my 24MP Sony a900 is a blast compared to my late 2007 Santa Rosa MacBookPro.

Cheers,
Ralf
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I did the same and bought Mac Mini late 2012, but with 2.3GHz i7 one, but i will upgrade the drive and RAM very soon, today or tomorrow i will get the RAM to go up to 16GB from the default 4GB, but i will wait a bit for the drive because i want to backup my Samsung Pro 512GB from my old Mac Mini and also buying that drive doubler from OWC so i can use my SSD with 1TB it came with, once i am done with all those then i hope i can see the speed performance of that Mac Mini over my older one, it is fast but slow performance overall, so the new one may boost things better.

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