I've been mulling my options to replace my 2009 Mac Mini server, because, well, it's from 2009 and I don't want to hit a decade, lol. Trying to narrow down options between a NUC and a Shield, and very much leaning towards the Shield from everything I've read. I also saw that there is a beta PMS version that resolves one of the few remaining limitations with the Shield server, allowing metadata to be stored on adoptable storage instead of just the internal, so yay.
My question is, though: is there a performance gain from the 16GB version over the 500GB version? It seems to be flash storage vs. spinning disk storage, and I would tend to think the 16GB would perform faster. If the $100 difference is not a concern at all (I do tend to keep my servers for a long time, it seems, and hey, still a lot cheaper than a decent NUC), and I'm only concerned about performance, would you guys recommend going with the 16GB over the 500 GB now?