I'm currently looking for a Mac mini to serve as a headless VST machine. I am favoring intel over m1 only because I know the many VSTs are not M1 optimized yet and I've read other people's experiences who had some trouble and issues with their m1's vs their old Intels. I've also already tried the Garritan with my m1 MacBook Air and I had a bunch of cracks and pops; it is unplayable atm. Also since I am brand new to the world of VSTs, I really just want a plug-and-play, trouble free first experience, so a used intel machine it is.
I am looking at this used 2018 Mac mini: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125329308385?hash=item1d2e357ae1:g:vQgAAOSw\~0dii1CR
In case, the link doesn't open up for others. It is a 2018 Mac mini i3 3.6 GHz, quad core, 16 GB RAM, 500 SSD. It is a really good deal b/c others with that spec are $600+
I already bought the Garritan CFX. I was told that Garritan is pretty light on CPU, so I have no doubt the i3 would be fine for the Garritan b/c I've read others have successfully run Garritan on much older machines. But I also want to leave room in the future for the Synchron VSLs (probably the 280VC). I've been told the VSL VSTs are much more resource intensive.
I feel like the single core performance of 3.6 GHz should be enough (?), I guess the only limiting thing of the i3 is that it is quad core. Do the VSL (in particular 280VC) really take advantage of multi cores where 4 is not enough or do you think the 2018 i3 3.6GHz quad core should suffice?