2011 Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wicked1, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Ok, so picked up a 2011 base i5 2.3 mini, it doesn't seem that much faster than my 2009 Mini with 2.0 Ghz, 4GB Ram, and 500GB HDD?

    I am not impressed with Lion, and for some reason I can't figure out why this thing is not that much faster then my 2009?

    I have the base 2011 with only 2GB, would bump to 4GB make that much of a difference?
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    I hate to be that guy, but a simple search and you would have the answer to your question.

    The bottom line is 2 GB is not enough. 256 MB of that 2GB is used by the onboard video card. The very act of sharing that memory can reduce over all speed. That said 8GB will make a massive improvement. And at current prices there is little reason to get 4GB over 8GB.

    Lion is Still a very immature OS. Drive support seems spotty. As does wifi / network access/ I would expect a .1 or . 2 release any week now and possible a firmware update for the mini.
  3. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    yes there is not a huge difference with your memory. put in 8 gig and it will be much faster. when I used audiobook builder on the same mini you had it made using the computer frustrating so I would run it when I was not using the computer. but now with the new base model and 8 gigs I can use audiobook builder rip a cd and still surf with very little slowdown. 8 gigs is only 50.00 so go for it.
  4. P0stalTek macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    No offense intended, but why would you expect a computer and OS two years newer to use half as much memory and run the same?

    I've never seen any new iteration of any line of computers where they go down on system requirements for a new OS.

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