New Mac Mini Configuration Coming?

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  • Reply 21 of 23
    bigcbigc Posts: 1,224member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by slughead

    It's probably because of heat/space.



    I totally agree btw.. I can't recommend the mini to anyone until they revise the graphics.



    I wouldn't mind another cube.




    Well the mini may not have good graphics but iTunes beach balls just scrolling with my G5 2GHz Dual 4 GB Ram and it doesn't with the same set of Firewire drives on my mac mini 1.67 duo with 2 GB Ram...
  • Reply 22 of 23
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,323moderator
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Bigc

    Well the mini may not have good graphics but iTunes beach balls just scrolling with my G5 2GHz Dual 4 GB Ram and it doesn't with the same set of Firewire drives on my mac mini 1.67 duo with 2 GB Ram...



    That doesn't mean the GPU in your Mini is better than the one in your G5. My guess is there's something wrong with your G5 (cache cleaning maybe). Do something that will stress out your GPUs (e.g. UT2k4 - http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22450 ) and you will see the difference.



    Now, it's not just gaming that people want better cards, there are a great many uses for them and it's just stupid that the cheapest new headless Mac with a good GPU is $2000. By all means Apple can sell cheaper Minis with integrated chips for people who don't use them but give people who do use them the option.



    There is a huge market there - mostly amongst the student population who can't afford a laptop so opt for a desktop, can't afford a G5 tower or the $600 repair of a TFT display that breaks (take out the imac) so decide on a Mini. But hold up, it won't run Maya, Vectorworks, or most 3D software well enough to be usable. The only solution is to avoid buying a Mac (or get a clumsy second hand tower) and it doesn't need to be.



    I think Apple just want to push more of their G5s because given the power of the Core Duo, I reckon a lot of people would rather pay $899 for a Duo Mini with a 128MB X1600 than $1999 for a dual G5 with 128MB Geforce 6600LE. The only advantage to the G5 in that case is expansion but for a saving of $1100, I'd give up that advantage in a flash.



    I could see them releasing a better Mini when G5 sales dry up or when the Intel desktops arrive because at the moment, other than expansion, the G5 has no advantage over a CD Mini with a good GPU.
  • Reply 23 of 23
    bigcbigc Posts: 1,224member
    nuthin wrong with the G5, has gotten that way slowly as I have added more tunes. My point is I don't care how good or bad the video is on the Mini, the CPU works great....and the size is amazing. It's a great machine for what it is...
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