Finally got mine!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by locomotive282, Oct 30, 2012.

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    locomotive282

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    Just hooked up mine to my system. 2.6Quad, 1TB HD. Out of the box it is really fast. I was planning to upgrade the memory and SSD but I don't feel the need yet.

    I have it set to 1080p60 and looks great on my display.I had to play with the MIDI/AUDIO Utility to get it to output Dolby Digital. Remember though Netflix and Hulu don't stream Dolby Digital to PCs yet, but Apple Store purchases are full HD and Dolby Digital.

    I tested graphics card out with Uberstrike HD and it is very smooth. I am not a heavy gamer anymore, but I will be getting CIV 5.

    I still have to get it to work with my Harmony Remote and still have more PLEX experimenting to do.

    There has been a lot of negativity about the Intel Graphics 4000. It is good enough. There is a lot of crap talk about putting an SSD in, instead of getting one factory from Apple. Smurf that! I love modding my stuff. I guess its all sour grapes for some people. :p

    So far very happy with purchase and it has been worth every penny. Highly recommended. ;)
     

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    Yep, the HD 4000 is really a stunning graphic chip. Just played a round Starcraft 2 2560x1440 resolution with most settings on high to ultra, only some (like shaders) on low and got constant 50 fps!
     
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    Sounds great!
     
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    Personally I don't know why you wouldn't upgrade the parts yourself. By sourcing my own SSD and 16gb of Memory I have saved over £200. Which is the only reason I can afford to buy the Mac Mini in the first place.

    I know you have to us Trim Enabler to enable TRIM support when you first install your SSD but apart from that I can't think of any other reasons?
     
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    Did you use the HDMI port on the Mini to connect to your display?
     
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    Congrats mate!
    Finally someone who actually has tried the Intel HD 4000 with the 2.6ghz.
    And as it turns out, he's very happy with it.
    I'm not a serious gamer, but i get bored with all the speculation of what somethings going to be like when its guess work.
    Can't say i ever thought Apple was going to go downgrading with the mini's new graphics abilities.
    2.6ghz 3 days away, yahoo.
     
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    Nice set up.
     
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    Yes I am using the HDMI out from the mini to my Onkyo Receiver than to my Sharp 70". No handshake issues so far.
     
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    Funny I have a sharp 70 as well. Great TV.
     
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    I love it! I was a little hesitant to get it since I have only bought Pannys before, but Sharp is the only game in town. No one else makes a 70 that regular people can afford.
     
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    Congrats!

    Please tell me what the shipping weight was. I'm ordering overseas and would like to estimate the forwarding service based on the weight. Thanks
     
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    The shipping weight on mine is 4.9 lbs if that helps ;)
     
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    what keyboard and mouse are you using?
     
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    I am using the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Track Pad. I definitely prefer the feel of a mouse but I felt that a mouse would be problematic to use on a sofa environment.;) The weird thing is that the magic track pad feels different to the track pad on my Mac book Pro mainly because of not being able to rest my wrist on the body of the laptop. The best part of the Magic tack Pad is all the real estate for gesturing that part works well. I am gonna try to get adjusted to the track pad a few more days if I still don't like it, I am gonna exchange it for the Magic Mouse.
     

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    I will have the middle model tomorrow and the 16gb ram in a few days. iI am replacing a 2006 iMac, do you think there is gonna be a huge difference?
    I will keep it like this for a year and maybe next year I will replace the HDD with an SSD.
     
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    How hot does it run and is it quiet in operation?
     
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    Hey thanks for the link I am definitely gonna order the Bullet Train Express that is exactly what I need! $80 bucks is a lot to ask for it, but I don't want Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.:D

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    I am glad you asked that. I just finished the smoke test of the Mac Mini. I left it on all night doing SETI@Home. Processor use 100% for over 10 hours.:eek:

    When I checked it this morning the Mac Mini was only slightly warm to the touch and the fan seemed to going at full blast.

    Now fan noise is highly subjective issue but I would rate the fan to be a 3 out of 10 with 10 being my original X-Box 360. With the Mini inside my entertainment console I could barely hear it from my sofa. Up close and with door of my console open I could tell that it was on but the fan makes a very pleasant whooshing noise rather than a whiny fan noise like for example the PS3 original. The PS3 original fan is more quiet than the X-Box 360 but the pitch of the PS3 fan is so whiny and annoying. :(

    The Mac Mini used in a desktop scenario should be fine as the only time the fan ever ramped up for me was during the torture test I subjected it to.:cool:

    Since I know that noise is a deal breaker for some folks, let me know if you guys want a fan noise video.
     
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    I replaced my 2006 iMac with the 2.3GHz Mini with 16GB RAM. I've just been doing normal things, nothing CPU-intensive. It is notably snappier and I am glad to be rid of Snow Leopard.
     
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    I haven't installed the 16gb of ram yet (it's still with the 4gb standard ram) but it seems a bit slow right now, slower than my 2006 imac or the 2009 13.3 MacBook Pro (has SSD). I am a bit disappointed as I really wanted a quad core pc for a year now thinking that it will fly. I am thinking seriously to replace the HDD with a 256 SSD.
     
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    do you guys have more information on games, performancewise? MAybe Guild Wars 2 ;)?
     
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    There's a thread for this. ;)
     
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    I have the Sharp 80" and it is by far the best TV I have ever owned.
     
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    Me too, though I'm using a Henge Docks' Clique to keep mine together.

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