Originally Posted by zunx THE MAC mini TOWER (my dream Mac):
45 nm quad-core processor. Option for 2-quad-core chips (octo-core).
4 GB RAM for quad-core model. 8 GB RAM for octo-core model (thus, 1 GB RAM per core).
Solid-State disk inside (optional). Option for two disks inside (possibility to run it as RAID 1 mirroring for the ultimate safe backup on real time!)
eSATA II ports (4) - Not shared as a hub but independent ones!
FireWire 800 ports (4) - Not shared as a hub but independent ones!
USB 2 ports (4) - Not shared as a hub but independent ones!
NO PCI lots. Save on that!
SuperDrive slot on the side (not on top like the Mac Cube had, which collects dust!). Option for Blu-ray drive. Option for two SuperDrives.
Bootable from fast external 1TB disks or larger (via eSATA II and FireWire 800).
Connector for one gorgeous Apple Cinema Display 23-inch.
Fanless (if possible) or at least extremely quiet (bedroom quiet!).
Any chance, Apple? I will pay any price for this marvel. But if it is to become a best-seller, the price should be just right.
I don't know why Apple just can't release a regular mini-tower in a smaller Mac Pro style case. While the above specs are impressive, it would probably be cost-prohibitive. How about the following...could it be done for a decent price?
MicroATX size/style motherboard with matching Mac Pro style casing, or something better?
Core 2 Duo processors (same speed offerings as iMac)
1GB RAM standard, 4 slots, 4GB RAM Max
250GB SATA drive standard, 320GB or 500GB drive options
2 PCI slots
One 16x PCI Express slot occupied by 128MB Video Card standard, 256MB Video option
Two USB 2.0 ports (ind.), One Firewire 800 (ind.), One Firewire 400 (ind.) and one eSATA port (bootable)
Keyboard and mouse
If I hadn't gotten impatient and purchased an iMac, I would have jumped all over something like this...if it was only available.