Does Leopard feel snappy on 1.8GHz C2Duo mini?

blakespot

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I have a 1.42GHz G4 mini that I am considering selling and replacing with a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo mini. I am wondering if Leopard "feels" snappy on the current mini. I know the GMA gfx are relatively weak, but how does that feel in Leopard? My mini's gfx aren't even Core Image (hardware) compatible - solid menu bar, etc.

Disk speed would not be a factor as I am currently using an external FW400 7200 RPM, 8MB cache disk to boot and I would do the same on the new mini - it's faster than either mini's internal drive.

Thanks. The upgrade would end up costing me about $200 as far as I can estimate and I don't want to waste the $$ if it's not a real win. Tnx.




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Lancetx

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Leopard should be quite snappy on any Intel based Mac for sure. I haven't used a mini myself, but on an early 2006 model Intel iMac, it seems quicker than when it was running Tiger.
 
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karnsculpture

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Don't know about a mini, but I own a G4 1.42Ghz iBook, 1GB Ram and it is running Leopard brilliantly. Have had no problems and most things seem faster than with Tiger. Dashboard apps are definitely quicker.
 
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Czechmac

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I have 1.66 Ghz Core Duo mac mini and Leopard runs fine. Had to make the dock 2D though, because it was making my expose choppy, however I belive that C2D Mac minis should od fine.
 
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VoodooDaddy

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I have 1.66 Ghz Core Duo mac mini and Leopard runs fine. Had to make the dock 2D though, because it was making my expose choppy, however I belive that C2D Mac minis should od fine.
Same one here. I have 2gb ram, dont know what you have. I dont have any problems with choppy expose though. I did at first, but I found that spotlight was indexing everything. However, I like the 2d dock better anyway.

So to answer the OPs question, it will be fast. I think its faster than Tiger was on my machine.
 
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ivnj

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I have 1.66 duo mini 2gb ram. When did 2duo minis come out? I thought mini was only duo. When did 2duo come out.

Anyway it works fine.

ivnj
 
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blakespot

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I hit the Apple Store just now - played with the one mini in the store, a 2GHz Core 2 Duo unit w/ 1GB RAM. It was quite responsive, if a little Expose chop. Nothing I could do would get the CPUs to go over 50% usage per core. Impressive.

A far cry from my 1.42GHz mini. The mini goes on eBay tonite... :)




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tersono

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I have 1.66 duo mini 2gb ram. When did 2duo minis come out? I thought mini was only duo. When did 2duo come out.

Anyway it works fine.

ivnj
The mini was updated with C2D back in August - they kept surprisingly quiet about it though...
 
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