Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Don't forget to a display to the MP.
And that is just it; I could get an iMac for my horsepower needs, 'heaviest' app used being Aperture, but then I'd get that semi glossy screen which I don't like. Matte for me, so either a MP or a Mini. I do use a Mini, but it's merely for downloading and displaying on the big screen in the living. Though I do think it's fast enough nowadays for Aperture as well and won't actually need a MP anymore. Still, I keep on buying that model every time.
Do you think I could get by with just a Mini, instead of my current dual quad 2.whatever GHz, RAM that never gets used et cetera? The only time I see all CPU's doing their thing is when converting FLAC to .mp3. And while I do that a lot, there's no need for me to have that task finish quickly; I'd simply batch that and check back adter an hour. Or the next day, whatever.
You get this stuff; I'd like to read your opinion.
Well, there is a major price delta here. Of course, the Mac Pro will be faster. The graphics performance is much better than that of the Mini. It's too bad the glossy iMac monitor bothers you, as otherwise, the monitor is quite good.
For home use, a lot depends on how important the performance difference really matters. How large are your photo files? These days, even a Mini is pretty fast, if you buy the top model. It's just that pesky graphics performance, or lack of, that won't do Open CL much good. If you have 20MP files, even a Mini will work fine. But if you're working 16 bit 80MP files, AND you are comping several, then the Mimi will begin to bog down.
I really don't think that the Mac Pro is a sensible choice for home use. I hope people understand what I mean by by home use. If video or other area is a major interest, and you display your work, that doesn't really qualify as "home use". So if you have a high quality camera, video recorder, or some such thing, then it qualifies as an avocation. But if you're using it for your kids stuff, vacation pics or video, then unless money isn't really a concern, this is way overkill.
So a choice between a top iMac and a Mac Pro, that favors the Mac Pro for "home" use, as far as I'm concerned, is a bad idea. But the performance difference between a top Mini is greater, as is the price.
Many Apple stores will allow you to try a few photos or a video that isn't too big in the store, so you can see for yourself if the Mini is ok, or whether the Mac Pro is better, if they have the config you want, or close to it.