I'm so happy to see the discrete GPU in the Mini as well as the quad-core i7 in the server model. I'll probably go for one of the discrete GPU models eventually, not least because you are actually getting two GPUs.
As for the Mini no longer being a media centre, they did pretty much exactly what I wanted them to do, which is cut the optical and drop the price by $100 so that you can buy whatever drive you want. You can even buy a Sony Blu-Ray burner for $180:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...8048&Tpk=s500u
and you've basically only spent $80 more than the previous model and you get DVD and Blu-Ray playback as well as Blu-Ray burning.
The CPUs are more than twice as fast as before and we still have HDMI and now 500GB drives all round. The dedicated GPU is faster than a 5650 and 6490 so higher than the first i7 MBP, which costs much more.
This is pretty much the best outcome there could ever have been for the Mini. I am so pleased with every choice made here because they have given each model a clear role and specced the machines accordingly.
Once the quad i7 creeps down to the discrete GPU model with Ivy Bridge and you hook up a RAID system to Thunderbolt, there's your xMac right there. The server model is almost there already.
- 5/5 smiles from a happy Mini supporter.