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Mac mini (August 2007) benchmarks

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

New Mac mini benchmarks

Though the introduction was largely lost in the shuffle of Apple's new iMac, iLife '08 and .Mac announcements, the Mac mini line received a significant revision during Apple's August 7th announcements. The tiny Mac now sports 1.83 or 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, updated from 1.66GHz or 1.83 GHz Core Duo processors in the older models, respectively. Apple claims the processor upgrades make the new minis run 39% faster than previously. Primate Labs has now put Apple's performance claims to the test with a series of benchmarks for the new revisions.

The site compared Mid 2007 Mac minis running at 1.83 and 2GHz with Core 2 Duo processors and 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM against Early 2006 Mac minis with Intel Core Duo processors running at 1.66 and 1.83GHz also with 2GB of RAM. Also compared were PowerPC Mac minis running at 1.25, 1.42 and 1.5GHz, equipped with 1GB of RAM each. The Core 2 Duo-based Mac minis showed only marginal performance increases over the Core Duo-based models. The author of the benchmarks article said "Moving from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo brings modest performance improvements without an increase in clock speed, and moving from 1.83GHz to 2.0GHz brings (unsurprisingly) another modest increase in performance. If you're running a previous generation Mac mini I see no real reason to upgrade (unless, of course, you want to use 64-bit applications."





The new Mac minis ship with an Apple Remote with Front Row, support up to 2GB of memory, use the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor and offer 802.11 b/g wireless networking. They also ship with the newly released iLife '08 suite rather than iLife '06, which was included with the previous models. The new Mac minis are still priced from $599, and available from the online Apple Store.




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  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The lack of 802.11n ...

    ...networking is somewhat disappointing, as that really just involves swapping out the network card with the newer one - though it would involve having space for an additional few antennas.

    Aside from the, the Mac mini was really just an evolutionary, simple upgrade to keep it on the books. Nothing exciting, and no one should have expected anything earth shaking.

  1. f1rehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    lack of FW800...

    For me, the lack of FW800 is more disappointing. These little guys would be great home servers if you could just hook up a fast external drive (no, FW400 doesn't quite cut it). The day they announce FW800 I'll buy one.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    if only there were....

    .... Leopard coupons in the box!

    I'd buy a mini tomorrow if I was guaranteed a free copy of OS X.5 when it's released.

    Until then, I wait.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    if only....

    I'll buy Mac Mini in a heart beat if it's capable of handling 4GB of RAM.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hmm…

    For me it's a second monitor, if the mini can handle two monitors I would buy one in a heartbeat.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    MacJoe

    So let me get this straight, the Mini should: 1- Support 802n instead of the 802b 2- Include fw800 instead of the 400 3- Coupon for free Leopard upgrade (unlikely) 4- Two monitor capability

    This calls for a mid-range Mac. MacPro is too much and the Mini is too little.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: macjoe

    Actually the mini SHOULD already have n capability, and n plus FW800 should be doable in its current package.

    But a mid-range mac? Hmmm. That sounds intriguing. Maybe if its in the mid-range, there could be some open ports and a swappable video card. Wow, I wonder if anyone else has thought of this! I should contact Apple immediately, it could be ready by XMas!

  1. terrymax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Finally enough memory!

    Finally the Minis have enough memory as standard. It's nice to not have to open the case. But why did we have to wait so long for Core 2 Duo processors? Many people I know have been waiting and waiting, but would have bought Minis ages ago if only they had Core 2 Duo chips.

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