Originally Posted by ArchAngel21x
I didn't realize there was that much difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM drives. I'm also disappointed that SSD performance isn't at least 3 times that of a 7200 RPM drive.
Overall the machine is rather good though and the benchmarks in general for the machine are impressive. My geekbench score in the 8200 range indicates a machine capable of doing serious work.
The other point is that an SSD is an upgrade on a regular HD so it doesn't mean that the boost, though disappointing, is insignificant. Booting up in less than 20 seconds is a good thing.
Imagine what the Mini will be like a year from now with quad-core, a graphics upgrade, and so on and so on. In addition SSD technology has the potential to go further, being as it's not really a mature technology.
Still, I had to have the latest and greatest and so I got the SSD yet the smart, sensible way to go probably would be to start off with the 7200 RPM drive only and upgrade to an SSD down the road when the technology is more evolved and probably a lot cheaper.
On balance, though, I don't regret buying the latest Mini. It's spectacularly better all-around than the 2.53Ghz Mini it replaces. Eventually I'm going to get good use out of the Thunderbolt port though for now my urge to spend on technology is satisfied (and my bank account drained).