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    Default MacMini

    Any suggestions?

    2.5GHz : 500GB
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6630M
    OS X Lion
    VS
    2.0GHz : Dual 500GB
    2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    4GB memory
    Dual 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    OS X Lion Server
    OS X Lion

    Which is better for graphics and video?
    Thanks

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    FWIW some GeekBench scores or benchmarks.

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    Thanks for the link. Great info.
    Regarding the test, are they the base unit from store with min RAM?

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    we used a mac mini i5 for a camera system and it was maxed out all the time. we switched it over to an i7 and now it sits around 25% all the time. and we've added a couple more cameras. The i7 is just a lot better at video encoding.

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    We have the same security cam setup as green tree, with about 14 cameras.....and got similar results with the i7 having moved up from the base i5, that was also pegged continusously.

    As far as CPU benchmarks are concerned, lack of RAM should make little difference in scores.
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    The I7 improvements are due to the dedicated graphics chip, most likely. Not only does the main proc not have to do the graphics anymore but the dedicated chip would do it faster and have faster dedicated video memory.

    I am curious if any of you have been watching your heat? In this situation (security cams) does the I7 run cooler because the proc isn't maxed, or hotter because of the GX chip/ram? Or about the same ?
    Damien,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    FWIW some GeekBench scores or benchmarks.
    Hi Guys:
    I was comparing the results which showed some interesting figures.
    Is this explainable? This is not mine and mine is not even close to this.
    Just got the results from Geekbench. According below, a macMini can
    be faster than this fast macpro I saw on the list. Is that possible?

    MacMini5,1
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3392 MHz
    1 processor, 4 cores, 8 threads
    Geekbench Score: 16028

    MacPro5,1
    Intel Core i7-950 @ 4289 MHz
    1 processor, 4 cores, 8 threads
    Geekbench Score: 14632

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    Question That does seem strange

    I would think not but there it is... Hopefully someone else might be able to better explain their benchmark results or scores. Were they both 64 bit?

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    MacPros don't have Core i7 processors
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    Is it possible to change those results?
    Here is where I found the Geekbench
    http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/575569 and here
    http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/578970
    I assume that Geekbench publish those results once you hit submit results from your computer.

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