Originally Posted by wizard69
Especially when the GPU is so important for many Mini users.
And it's not/less for 13" MBP users?
If Apple thinks that HD3000 graphics are good enough for a 13" MBP, they probably think the same for the MM (even if those are not in the same category). Historically, the MM has followed loosely the specs of the 13" MB/MBP. I don't think this will change for the next refresh.
I believe that the regular MM will mimic the 13" MBP configurations (except RAM):
$699 2.30 Core i5-2410M/HD3000, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, ODD, miniDP/TB port + HDMI
$999 2.70 Core i7-2620M/HD3000, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, ODD, miniDP/TB port + HDMI
But for the MM server, and if thermals are adequate, they could go quad-core. First because it makes sense for a server to have more cores than desktop models, 2nd because server apps don't need dedicated graphics, and 3rd because the 2.00 Core i7-2630QM should not be more expensive than the 2.70 Core i7-2620M ($346) as the 2.20 Core i7-2720QM costs only $378. Also, Apple doesn't offer bigger 2.5" 7200rpm HDDs yet, so the model will probably still use the same dual 500GB HDDs, and already has 4GB RAM. The difference with the regular MM, apart from the ODD, would be 2 miniDP/TB ports (supported by a single TB controller) and no HDMI (IMO, useless in a server environment).
$999 2.00 Core i7-2630QM/HD3000, 4GB RAM, dual 500GB 7200rpm HDDs, dual miniDP/TB ports.
Using the exact same cpus in the 13/15" MBP, MM, and maybe the 13" MB, would generate some economy of scale.
I'm not against Apple using AMD LLano APUs on some models (MB, regular MM, even 13" MBP), but IMO those need to be quad-core models as the cpu cores in LLano are still based on Phenon ones that are miles away from SB cores (hardly on par with C2D cores).