Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Minimac
by ParadoxUncreated on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 14:53 UTC
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2009-12-05

Minimac is small and noiseless, kind of nice to have around. Processing power is good enough for most of my uses. It plays some of my favorite games well also, and infact better than my bigger linux box. (on windows).

If you want to play games that require power, windows + a big box is probably the best.

Professional audio/video is typically best on OSX. (and probably a minimac will do.)

Linux is ofcourse the best for browsing, with chromium and programming, and probably runs well on both. If you haven`t played classic games like doom 3, it can be great fun to play on low-jitter kernels, where smoothness and performance is better than windows-version. And tracker-enthustiasts will also like Renoise on linux, which works well at 1ms latency.

1ms latency is also doable on windows and mac.

Linux requires a low-latency kernel, and windows requires some intense disabling. OSX comes default as 1ms "compliant" ;)

Games in general run poor on OSX though.

See also my blog for reducing jitter on windows (smooth games/low latency audio) http://paradoxuncreated.com/Blog/wordpress/?p=1783

And a low-jitter kernel for Ubuntu 12.04: http://paradoxuncreated.com/Blog/wordpress/?p=2268

Peace Be With You.

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RE: Minimac
by brichpmr on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 23:37 in reply to "Minimac"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

I have a mid-2011 Mac Mini i5 with 8 gigs of ram driving an Apple 24"Cinema Display. It is fast, silent and has an almost invisible form factor. Runs Mountain Lion like a champ as well as Win 7 Pro via Parallels.

I don't build my systems although I respect the skills of those who can; but my little rig is very useful, even including some games. For example, Real Racing 2 is rather smooth and visually awesome on this system.

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