Originally Posted by wizard69
Just a couple of points.
Not everyone interested in OpenCL is also a user of Adobe products.
I know that. I was just responding to someone who mentioned them. Banned could mean it was a duplicate account, given the low post count. In that case they may still be a board reader. There's often a lack of understanding in some of these areas. When people just view suitability for such purposes as a question of whether or not a machine has discrete graphics, that to me shows a lack of comprehension. There are specific frameworks that are leveraged for highly specific things, so when you're looking at the low end and trying to determine whether this or that could be workable, it's important to understand things in context. If we were talking about a mac pro, rMBP, or 27" imac, this would not be much of a question for most users.
Second, you rightfully point out issues with VRAM. One of the reasons many of us where waiting for the new Mini is that it was hoped that Apple would have addressed that issue in this years rev. A Mini with 512 MB to 1GB of VRAM would have made the machine far more useful to a far wider array of users.
I pointed it out there as in the case of Adobe applications, it's a directly stated requirement. Given that 256MB barely made it while still being feature limited, I suggest people avoid that given the potential transition to a faster update cycle by Adobe. I suspect those requirements will jump. Even if you can disable OpenGL drawing in Creative Suite 7, that would mean going back to the old tiled redraws (most people would hate this) on their machine, updating again, or paying Adobe without taking advantage of the update, due to their newer licensing policies. I know there's more than Adobe. It's just what I was responding to there.
Third, Intels integrated GPU is OK but OK is far from impressive. HD4000 is still weak in several areas. The point being that even though it will eventually be reasonable to buy a machine without a discrete GPU it really isn't that time yet. Maybe Haswell,will do it for use, I can't really say. Implement right (admittedly not the case on the Mini) discrete GPUs are still advantageous.
One of your (least) favorite sites has been speculating on the topic of Haswell. I can't find the latest article on it at the moment for some reason.