Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
I never said it was lacking in power, I said it was lacking in power for the price. Your only expansion options are USB (sucks) or Thunderbolt (awesome but awesomely expensive for the pegasus arrays)
Not only are you apples to apples already paying more for less processor (compared to DIY) but the cost for storage expansion is even more expensive on top of that
The base model i5 2011 (which is a mobile processor) is roughly the equivalent of a sandy bridge i3 (desktop processor). They were giving those things away (see i3-2100 $80 when ivy bridge i5/i7s were released, much cheaper at this point)
Saying "quad-core" doesn't denote very much at all. A j1900 is a quad-core but it would be a suck-a-delic PMS machine
People that host PMS on a nas also have suck-a-delic PMS servers in terms of transcoding performance, that is unless of course they sprang for the much more expensive x86 models. You can always do less for more money, but not many people in a DIY-centric forum will end up recommending it . . . but as always it's your prerogative
As for the advice given to the OP, she had a more powerful machine ready to go that included much better HDD expansion options. It would be senseless to recommend the mini over that
My apologies if I misunderstood your intention.
Curious though, the 2011 mac-mini base model- i5, 2.3 was $500. Here are the benchmarks: intel Core i5-2415M @ 2.30GHz>> 3215. Granted there are more powerful machines, but this never struck me as unreasonable price for what it delivered as an HTPC .
BTW I'm dying to know which mobile phone this was made for
. That would be quite the phone!
I wasn't sure your point about the i3 you referenced, but here are the benchmarks as a point of reference: Intel Core i3-2100T @ 2.50GHz>> 2799
Ironically, the 2014 base Mac mini has very similar benchmarks to that of the 2011 (the plex forums has a cost/benefit analysis if you're interested in the breakdown of this years models). This years model, 3 years later -also $500.
I'm sure you're right, those processors themselves arent super expensive. I just put together a windows machine with a new Intel i5 4670 which is a fairly powerful processor and it was still just over $200.
In terms of the quad core comment- it was in regards to the specific conversation about the mac-mini. The i7 quads were only made in the 2011, 2012 models. I do understand a quad core from another processor (AMD, or an Atom) is going to mean something else entirely.
Lastly as an FYI, I use a thunderbolt/USB3/Esata adapter with my mini connected to my synology nas and getting transfer speeds 5x faster than standard gigabit. It's actually pretty awesome and worth the few extra bucks (the adapter was $75). I assume what you meant was USB 2 sucks. Obviously USB 3 doesn't suck at all).
Anyway, best of luck.