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Mini PC. looks like a good windows equivelant to the mac mini?


  • Tech Staff

    I just took a look at this new mini PC.
    Seems like it might work well as a Isadora platform.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tango-pc-worlds-most-powerful-pocketable-dockable-gameable-officeable-pc



  • I'm not really clear on what this offers over something like the Intel NUC line.


  • Tech Staff

    Your right. Similar price and general specs.
    I would be interested to know how cpu and gpu performance compare.
    I think gpu and texture based Isadora work may benefit from the tango unit.

    Have you used any of the NUC units?
    If so how would you say they compare to a Mac mini?



  • One advantage the NUC has over the Tango unit is an Intel CPU. I have generally found media based applications to be more optimized for intel performance. I have used a NUC as part of a scenic tracking system although not with Isadora. My company and I use a ton of Minis in various applications but the ones we buy generally have a 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz Quad Core i7 CPU and we upgrade them with 8-16GB of RAM and one or two 256GB solid state drives so comparing them to a $200-300 piece of hardware is sort of apples and oranges. Even the base line Mini has a dual core i5 which is going to outperform the i3 in the base and mid tier NUCs. The i5 Haswell NUC might give a low end Mini a run for its money but the price is also probably pretty comparable once you add RAM, memory, and a Windows license to the $370 barebones NUC price. The Mini also has a built in power supply and is very easily and densely rackmounted both of which are distinct advantages. Not having to deal with another proprietary power adapter is so nice with the Minis. Overall I would say Mac Minis are actually pretty unbeatably when it comes to price/features if you are looking for something small. If size doesn't matter than it's pretty easy to build or buy something better for the price.


  • Tech Staff

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing. Things like this are ideal for instillation works.