Originally posted by Chucker
You had Direct X 9 in 1997, while everyone else only had DirectX 3?
I'm sorry I'm not impressed by "features".
I suppose you're the kind that buy a fully-loaded geo metro and add aftermarket rear object detection.
Who cares that it can run DX9 games? the only games the thing will run at a decent framerate are DX 3 :P
Oh, and PS, this is an Apple forum so who cares about DX?
Originally posted by TenoBell
LOL, I guess its a bit of a stretch to use me as a credible source.
Actually, I was pointing out a fact: someone else said this and he hadn't read it.
As for the point about the card, I've read a lot of things about Vista, almost all of them point out that all the old GMA-using computers will be a pain to use. Referring to, of course, 950 and the like.
Getting back to the point (I think), obviously GMA's are good for some, bad for others. The fact that you have to buy an iMac just to get something without one is a huge issue.
And by the way, just because Apple doesn't do something, doesn't mean they shouldn't. I get this a lot around here--people saying "well APPLE didn't do it so therefore it's a dumb idea." Look first for the reasons they might do it: risk, development cost, marketting. Sometimes if they could just snap their fingers and the product would appear, we'd see some of these ideas.
Apple makes so much product every year they have to build dormatories for their chinese workers who make iPods by the MILLIONS. Do you even remotely think that a machine like that turns on a dime? If Apple were smaller, some of these ideas would come to light.
Now, to recap my idea (which I'm sure I stole from somewhere): Offer a midrange computer with a midrange video card for less than $1k. No monitor, no input devices. Just sell the freakin thing. It'll be like a performa.. but not crappy.
Points about the GMA's:
- GMA's Suck (pretty well covered)
- GMA 950's don't have enough power to fully PERFORM all the operations in Vista, let alone perform them well
- The GMA X3000 is not out yet but is assured to be less powerful than video cards released by ATI/NVidia from.. well let's be nice and say 2001
- You can't even buy a new Apple computer with a GMA for less than $1300, and that comes with a monitor and other stuff one may not need
- The leading demographic for Mac Minis are the same that are the gaming demographic. However, the mini makes a better paperweight than a gaming platform.
- Gamers DO buy many computers (though they pay an equal amount on their video card), and even people who only play occasionally will sometimes overlook computers with low video capabilities.
- Novices who buy the mini will probably buy another computer in their lifetime. Giving the mini a low-end Radeon would increase the likelyhood of their next computer being a mac, while costing very little. Actually, 9600 AGP cards are going for $15 wholesale these days.
The way I see it, the mini should be Apple putting it's best foot forward. Make it cheap, powerful, and 'neat.'