I want to buy a new Mac Mini (8th gen. quad-core i3 3.6GHz) to use it as a Roon Server to play with SOtM SMS-200Ultra endpoints, one attached to a stereo DSD 256 dac and the other attached to a multichannel DSD128 dac. My plan is to apply DSP convolution.
The standard configuration comes with 8GB RAM. Is it worth upgrading the memory to 16GB?
If you have difficulty with it taking too long to access your music at times, then it may be worth it, as RAM is relatively cheap. I upgraded my 2013(?) iMac from its stock 8GB to 32GB and all of its lag issues were resolved. It really acts like a different machine. I used it as a core while my Nucleus+ was being looked at, and it worked quite well with the extra RAM. It struggled way too much with 8GB, but you likely have a faster CPU.
If you are only using the machine to run Roon, and you don’t get Mac Minis for free, you can probably get an i7 NUC which most likely will, for much, much less money, and that includes a few hours of your friendly neighbour’s kid’s time if you’re not comfortable setting it up.
Edit: you might also enjoy a look at @mitr’s review of the Nucleus right here if you haven’t already. That generation of Nucleii was running 7th gen chips, and his remarks should be read while keeping in mind that ROCK doesn’t have the overhead of running OSX to deal with.
I upgraded my Roon Nucleus from 4GB to 8GB. I have no idea if it made any difference, but I don’t think it hurt. It’s instantaneous regardless. I was able to find a 4GB memory chip that was a match to what was already in the Nucleus.
No, the Mac Mini I use is just to run Roon and their tasks (library management, DSP etc) and I’ll do the same with the new one (NUC ou Mac). My only (and major) problem is finding these NUCs where I live. The ones available are, generally, configured to use in shops or markets.
You might want to call Intel Brazil up - you’re not in a small market for 'em, and they’ll probably know who sells them to end-users. Whether you can get one at a reasonable price is another question entirely… Oh, and just in case you’ve been searching for a pre-built passive NUC, yes, those do tend to be targeted at businesses pretty much everywhere.
Your other option, if you’re comfortable with building your own computers (or have a local shop that can do it for you) is to look into MOCK, so the “compatible” systems.
This will give you the advantage of being able to run ROCK on something that’s probably easier to source locally, and can be much faster than a NUC, at the (quite important, even though the risk is rather low) expense of not having the certainty that RoonLabs will do everything they can to keep it running (since it’s a configuration that happens-to-work, as opposed to a configuration that’s designed-to-work).
Hi! Does anyone have any experience of RAM vs CPU. I have two possible setups and are rather content with my setup that’s an old cpu (i7 3GEN but with 32Gb RAM) or migrating to a modern CPU but with 8 Gb RAM.
I don’t think it would really be worth it but just in case anyone has some experience with this.