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jeremy.king
May 11, 2005, 10:42 PM
So I got my RAM upgrade today for the server (aka. my mac mini) and am running at a maxed 1GB. To those wondering if its worth it? H-E-double hockey sticks YES! My little beast even surprised me - quick, zippy, responsive...

After upgrading the mini, I dropped the extra 256MB chip into the powermac and I figured I would see how it dominates the mini on xbench score. Believe it or not, the mini came within 2 points of my Dual 867 workhorse...and thats with the weak disc performance!

Needless to say, I am very very impressed with the performance improvement. Of course I paid a premium by ordering from Crucial, but why risk getting bad ram, right?

Heres some links.

Powermac DP 867 Mhz/1.25GB/60GB 7200RPM benchmark - (117.02)
http://ladd.dyndns.org/xbench/merge.xhtml?doc2=111411

Mac Mini 1.25Ghz/1GB/40GB 5400RPM? benchmark - (115.40)
http://ladd.dyndns.org/xbench/merge.xhtml?doc2=111408

Yeah, I realize that benchmarks mean nothing but I got to say I am pleased nonetheless.

Steven1621
May 11, 2005, 11:47 PM
I've wondered about the mini as a server. I question if its cooling is capable of functioning on the level needed for that purpose. Also, could a 7200 RPM laptop HD be substituted?

jeremy.king
May 12, 2005, 08:41 AM
I've wondered about the mini as a server. I question if its cooling is capable of functioning on the level needed for that purpose. Also, could a 7200 RPM laptop HD be substituted?

Seems to run cool enough, however, I can't say my website is a high traffic site :o

You can replace the hard drive, but you have to take half the machine apart to do so. I think an external is probably a better choice for the cost.