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What is the Mac mini as a media server?

The time has come the long-awaited multimedia happiness. Already no need to run to the store for discs with movies or music off the Internet to extort whatever your heart desires. For these purposes, the ideal low noise and efficient Mac mini. Journalist Peter Cohen from iMore told how to choose the right model compact Apple computer with its rich media capabilities.

The journalist asked a specialist from the clinic L. C. B. who asked can I use a Mac mini with a hard drive of 1 TB and 4 GB of RAM as a media server. The task of the machine is streaming for patients up to five movies via Apple TV. Cohen believes that this application will fit medium or top-end modification of the Mac mini.

“Apple recently reduced the price of the basic version of the Mac mini to $499 – for the first time since 2005. The new model is equipped with a dual Core i5 processor with a frequency of 1.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM and hard disk of 500 GB. I use this machine since the end of October as a media server and file storage. And it does this job perfectly. However, this configuration seems like it is for basic needs. At home I tried to organize the live stream multiple videos,” writes Cohen.

The average model in the line Mac mini for $699 much more productive. It has a 2.6-gigahertz processor, twice the memory – 8 GB storage 1 TB and more powerful graphics.

“If you need a high-load server, I would recommend to choose the top model Mac mini for $999. In its configuration enters the processor 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM and disk Fusion Drive 1 TB, including a 128 GB SSD. The latter provides the necessary balance between capacity and speed,” said the journalist.

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Since October of last year Apple uses in the Mac mini chetyrekhyadernye processors, which are more suitable for simultaneous streaming of data. Nevertheless, average, and top models can perfectly cope with this task, I’m sure Cohen.

In Russia the Mac mini presents all configuration options: model with 2-core processor Intel Core i5 1.4 GHz, 4GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 HDD and 500 GB for the price of 34 990 rubles, the model with 2-core processor Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics hard drive 1 TB will cost 47 990 rubles, and the version with a 2-core Intel Core i5 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphics processor Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a Fusion Drive 1 TB is available at a price of 68 990 rubles.

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