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  • brianmerwin
    Hi Martin,

    While technically it would "Work" it won't be the best option and definitely isn't recommended by Phase.

    While RAM is important, shooting tethered is mainly about processor power (rendering image previews is primarily CPU related) so a Mac Mini is going to be honestly... one of the worst possible options.

    If you're only shooting very slow paced tabletop work, then it might work for you but I don't think you'll be impressed and you'll probably get frustrated at the speed of the thing. I'd definitely advise stepping up to an iMac at the very least.

    Regardless, make sure you're working with a mostly empty solid state drive, and with the P45+ (if you don't already own one) you're going to need to get a FireWire 800 powered hub because none of the new Apple hardware puts out enough voltage via the Thunderbolt ports to maintain a good connection to the P45+ back to keep it tethered in a stable way. (I recommend the Uninbrain branded FW800 hub, but your Phase One dealer can point you in the right direction and may have something in stock already).

    Good luck!
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  • Martin A. Lavallee
    Thanks for the quick reply, ok
    would this work? This a used unit $1119.00

    Apple 27-inch iMac:
    32GB Memory | 1.0TB Storage
    2.7GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
    MC813LL/A (Mid 2011)
    Ready for macOS Sierra 10.12
    *Free Apple Download*
    Used | Very Good Condition
    System Configuration:
    Memory:
    32GB (4 x 8GB) PC10600 1333MHz DDR3
    Storage:
    1TB 7200RPM HDD
    Optical Drive:
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Networking:
    Two Thunderbolt ports
    Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi
    Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate
    Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
    Video:
    27-inch LED-Backlit Glossy 2560 x 1440 Display
    Mini DisplayPort via Thunderbolt digital video output for adding 2nd Display
    Pre-Loaded/Licensed Software:
    Pre-loaded with Apple OS X 10.6.8
    (Supported by Apple for up to macOS Sierra 10.12)

    Thanks
    Martin
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