Advice - video performance hdmi port -> old compared to new mac mini server

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cordroosen, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. cordroosen macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009

    excuse my english - i am a german living in frankfurt...

    i need some advice on wether a hardware update will actually improve my video performance or not.

    currently i am using a mac mini snow leopard server 2009 model hooked via mini displayport to hdmi adapter to my lg 37 led lcd tv.

    the mac mini has a intel x25 m 80 gb bootdrive.
    2 external fw 800 drives used as video storage.

    mostly i use boxee eyetv sat all controlled via appleremote - sofacontrol.

    altogether a great setup.

    with big mkv files in full hd the picture sometimes is choppy.

    would a upgrade to the new 2010 mac mini server with direct hdmi port and 320M graphics actually improve the video quality - graphics performance ?

    or should i stick to my current setup ?

    ( i bought the current server cheap from the uk - i could upgrade to the new model for 200€ via ebay germany )

    please give me your opinions.

    Thank You
  2. wpc33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Have you tried multiple apps for playback? Some apps are more adept with HD, and may have H.264 hardware-decoding-support. Plex does.

    To be honest, with my mini, there are a few files that push the limit, but it's rare, and there really is no consumer PC that can play every HD file 100%, so don't think that every other machine is a ticket to HD nirvana.

    The graphics upgrade in '10 Mini is big, but I have no idea how it may affect HD playback.
  3. cordroosen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009

    yes i tried some different apps - nothing seemed to work.

    last night i did a fresh install of snow leo server.

    setup from the start directly on the tv - without ever using a regular monitor.

    somehow it did the trick ! primary display 1080 1920 @ 60hz

    mac recognized the lg from the start as 1080p @60hz

    videos play perfectly now. boxee and vlc used.

    i did let snow leo install all updates before adding my apps.

    i guess i will stick to this machine for a while longer now.

    Thank You


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