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Equating a mini with my PC

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Equating a mini with my PC Reply with quote

A few years ago I built a PC with a Dual-Core E8400 processor running at 3.0 GHz and with 4 GB of RAM. With my older MacBook Pro being given to a family member soon, I'd like to replace it with a Mac mini that's in the same ballpark of performance as my PC.

Is there a way to gauge whether the current minis are at least close to the performance of my PC? The minis use the i5 processor--would a 2.5 GHz be equal to a 3.0 E8400 Dual-Core?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The current i3 and i5 CPUs are about two generations newer than the E8400 you had, so it would be more than equal to the old CPU.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So an i5 running at 2.5 GHz would be equivalent (or possibly better) than my E8400 running at 3.0 GHz?

That would be great to know I could replace this mini-tower PC with something smaller and much more portable.

One more question...hard drive access speed is supposed to be slower when running Windows from BootCamp. Would adding a Thunderbolt-based external hard drive help?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, an i5 would clean the E8400s clock, as it were.

I haven't heard about the hard drive access being slower in Bootcamp, so I can't say. If Windows supports Thunderbolt then you could do that.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CPU benchmarks :

E8400 @ 3.0GHz = 2224
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Duo+E8400+%40+3.00GHz

i5 2415M @ 2.3Ghz = 3185
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-2415M+%40+2.30GHz
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!!! I wanted to see a chart like that but everyone I asked (except, obviously, here) didn't know of one. I can really evaluate the performance of my PC's processor and video card with that of the new Mac minis and iMacs.

I appreciate everyone's response.
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