How much better is ivy bridge?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by theRAMman, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. theRAMman macrumors regular

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    I am soon going to be buying a mini for home use and minerafting. I was wondering wether the current base model will be significantly worse than a new mini with, say a 2.5ghz ivy bridge.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the main improvement is the graphics (~40% jump)

    cpu should be about a 10% jump

    usb3 is nice to have though
     
  3. theRAMman thread starter macrumors regular

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    USB3 doesnt really bother me, but will the graphics and processer improvements significantly improve my usage? Minecraft will be the most strenuous thing I'll do.
     
  4. mjcharlton71 macrumors member

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    Isn't there a decent reduction on thermals with IB as well?
     
  5. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I believe IB runs a tad hotter than SB. If thermals are your main concern, you might wish to wait for Haswell.
     
  6. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    They run cooler for the same specs (i.e. a 2.5 GHz i5 will be cooler as IB than as SB), but as they are going to bump clock speeds and the graphic unit also consumes more power, it will run a little bit hotter.
     
  7. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    There's about a 5-10% boost in CPU performance per clock. But if it's the thermals you're worried about, I'd wait for haswell or later.
     
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    the jump is mostly the hd4000 in performance. buy the one with the dedicated nvidia and then it wouldnt matter if you had the hd4000 or not
     
  9. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. I had heard Intel used worse thermal compound hence the reason for higher temps.
     
  10. theRAMman thread starter macrumors regular

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    But the nvidia mini would cost more than a 4000 mini
     
  11. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    Have read allot of stories about bad thermal paste too. Could be apple is waiting for a better batch before releasing an upgrade. Don't think I would upgrade until its confirmed that intel fixed that issue. Have also read IB is better on the electricity consumption.
     
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  13. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I never thought of it like that. That does make sense though.
     
  14. blanka macrumors 68000

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    If you do the math, it will be around november.
     
  15. longer.zhou macrumors newbie

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    Any evidence ?
     
  16. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Get the introduction dates of the 1.1, the 2.1, the 3.1, the 4.1 and the 5.1 (new architecture ones). The interval is 476 days on average. Add that to last years introduction of the Sandy, and you will see the next step is around november 7th.
     
  17. foranor macrumors regular

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    According to the buyers guide.. Avg = 356... Not 476 days.
     
  18. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but they include useless 0.1 Ghz bumps. These don't count as serious update. BTW, if you check major updates, the interval is much more constant. Fastest is 400 days, slowest 550 or so where speedbump intervals sometimes are more like 100 days. Anyway, everybody here is waiting for Ivy, and that is a major update. So count on around 476 days.
     

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