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How fast a Processor does one need in a Mac Mini?

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If I'm running Pure Music 1.7.4 or another program that loads the track into RAM, how fast a motherboard processor do I really need? Right now I'm running a stripped-down for music version of Snow Leopard on a headless 2010 Mac Mini with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8gb of RAM and a 128 gb SSD and an external Bolder Cable linear power supply. I have about 110,000 AIFF tracks on a firewire-connected 6tb FW/Esata/USB Western Digital Drive. I'm running out from the Mac Mini via a John Kenny Mk2 modded M2Hiface to my DAC and then on to my preamp, amp, etc. In short, is there any great sonic advantage to be gained by getting a Mac Mini 2011 with an i7? Do issues of better timing mentioned by eg, Mach2 really matter if the track is being played from RAM? If so, why? Thanks.



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I'm sure there are no "issues" with your Mini. Some insist the 2011 Mini sounds better, but personally I'd have to hear it to believe it. I don't know what might account for this supposed difference.




A: Mac Mini => Peachtree Nova => LFD Integrated Zero Mk.III => Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 | Musical Fidelity X-CAN V-8 => AKG K 701

B: Airport Express = > Benchmark DAC1 => Rega Brio-R => B&W DM 601 S2

C: Airport Express => AudioEngine A2

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