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Can small PCs render video well?

Maingear TORQ

Prom in Nashville, Tennessee listens to Into Tomorrow on SuperTalk WTN 99.7 FM and had the following question for Dave and the Team:

What is the best mini pc for video rendering?

“Mini PC” usually means small and low powered, and there’s nothing about low powered that screams “video rendering” to us. The video editing and rendering workstation here at the Advanced Media studios is our fastest and most powerful computer.

The same is true virtually everywhere else you’ll ask. There really isn’t anything more taxing to a computer than video rendering. You’ll want a big, fast hard drive, lots of RAM, and a fast processor.

“Small” doesn’t have to mean it packs no punch

Now, if this is a question where price is no object and you just want a small form factor, then you could look at an optioned-up Mac Mini. With a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB Fusion drive (that’s an SSD and hard drive combination device), the Mac Mini retails for $1499. You’ll need a screen to go with that, of course.

If Windows is your only choice for an operating system, you could look at the Maingear TORQ, which is a fully water cooled small form factor PC designed for gaming. With a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives, you’d option out at almost $2900. And you’d still need a screen.

Of course, you’d have an extremely fast video card, which you would not have with the Mac Mini, and that might make the editing portion of your video production a bit more pleasant.

Hope we’ve helped! Let us know what you decide.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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