Mac Mini Performance

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  1. DrVu96 macrumors newbie

    DrVu96

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    How does the Mac Mini perform? I'm looking at the 1.25 Ghz w/ 512 RAM and a Superdrive. I may add a 1GB stick if I need to, if it needs it, but it'll be two months before I get it. I just want to do some light iMovie and iDVD.
     
  2. willyhunt macrumors member

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    Hi, as the owner of 2 Mac Mini's (1.2 & 1.4). I would say personally the performance is pretty good. Although if you do plan on using iDVD and iMovie I would recommend getting 1GB. Both mine are fitted with such and I dont have any problems.
     
  3. DrVu96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I looked at Crucial.com, and the 1GB is like 120 - 150. Not too bad, but I will upgrade as needed. One RAM slot is a drag, though.

    (Takes out putty knives.) LOL.

    I am pressed for money, and who can afford Apple ram!
     
  4. DrVu96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    By the way, prople talk about the 'ripple effect'. What is this? :confused:
     
  5. DrVu96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    By the way, people talk about the 'ripple effect'. What is this? :confused:
     
  6. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I bought a 1.25Ghz one with 1GB of RAm from this board a while back, actually, and it's great for regular use (word processing, web browsing, some light Photoshop work, etc). The RAM will make a big difference, but either way you shouldn't see any hiccups unless you're doing major processing.
     
  7. willyhunt macrumors member

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    So very, very true. :(
     
  8. risc macrumors 68030

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    On a core video compatible video card when you dump a widget on the dashboard in Tiger you get watery ripples around the widget as it appears.
     
  9. cruxed macrumors regular

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    I plan on upgrading the 512 mb stick of RAM in my 1.42ghz mini to a 1gb stick.

    Will I find a significant difference in performace? Ever since switching to a 20" mon., my exposé occasionally lags, and so does my dashboard (not smooth). Will it also enable me to keep more apps open without noticing a drop in performance?

    Oh and here is the list of what I normally use:
    Dashboard
    Exposé
    Safari
    Mail
    Adium
    iTunes
    iPhoto
    Some light Core Image/Photoshop
    Word
    Pages
    keynote
    Sims 2

    (I usually keep 3 apps open max as it exposé will slow down significantly after that)


    Thanks!

    Boris
     
  10. DrVu96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't believe people would want to change their video cards out for that.

    ( http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=146884 )

    Anyways.. Since the Superdrive is 4x write speed, how long would it take to burn an average DVD?

    Cruxed:

    Even the PowerMacs at the Apple Store have some lagging when the Dashboard Widget Draggy Thingy (The bar that stores widgets) opens. And they have 30" ACD's .


    How does The Sims 2 run on your Mac Mini? I'm an avid user on the PeeCee.
    (See Sig)
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    going with a Mac Mini w/ 1.25GHz G4 & 1GB RAM should give you plenty of performance for your listed needs.
     

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