Intergrated graphics-Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LoganT, May 27, 2007.

  1. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    Wasn't one of the selling points of the original Mac Mini that it had dedicated graphics. Is there not enough room for an MXM card?
     
  2. cube macrumors G5

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    Intel platform allows you to be more greedy, while at the same time having to increase your price.
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The PowerPC G4 based Mac Minis having dedicated graphics was most certainly a selling point. Hopefully the next revision of the Mac Mini gets a dedicated graphics card or at least a X3100 integrated video card. :)
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    If you're looking for a mini with dedicated graphics, wait until June 11th (there's a conference called WWDC), and cross your fingers for an update :)
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I highly doube the Mac mini will ever have dedicated graphics.
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

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    Its possible - and if they do it with the Macbook, and bring all the specs into line, the bulk prices will go down :)
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Was there a PPC machine that had integrated graphics?
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I guess, arguably, some of the earlier PPC Macs did. Nothing recently, though. Pretty much everything in the G4 and G5 era as well as most/all of the G3 era used ATI or Nvidia chips.
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Perhaps Apple cut a deal with Intel when they made the move over. You use our integrated graphics chips, we'll cut you a deal on processors or something like that.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's pretty much it now.
     
  11. psychofreak Retired

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    Mmm...but the integrated GMA950 costs virtually nothing...
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    but its one less part nVidia or ATI has sold.
     
  13. RichP macrumors 68000

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    Did integrated graphics exist for any of the PPC platforms? ATI and NVIDIA were the only solution available for the PPC mini.

    Personally, for work most people do on the mini, the integrated graphics are fine. Ive even run some CAD apps on my mini and its not that bad. I think people just like to whine about the GMA950
     
  14. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    My G4 mini has a dedicated ATI with 32Mb Graphics RAM. They ditched the card for the GMA950 when it went intel.
     
  15. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Just be thankful the mini wasn't designed to use the GMA 900... :rolleyes:
     
  16. psychofreak Retired

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    I just hate the little things - Disco won't let me use the cool graphic stuff, iTunes has the stupid messy text and blurry CoverFlow scrollbar...its just not nice...
     
  17. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    If IBM had given Apple the choice of an integrated graphics chip don't you think they would have taken it? They were forced to use dedicated graphics chips in their consumer laptop/mini lines which is apparent by their use of only the bare minimum dedicated cards often a generation or two out of date in their consumer macbooks and the mini. Had Apple have gone Intel years ago, the original mini would probably have had an Intel Extreme Graphics chip (shudders at the thought).
     
  18. cube macrumors G5

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    Not IBM, Freescale.

    But the chipset was made by Apple, so they would have had to make the gfx themselves, unless they had contracted out NVIDIA to do the whole thing.
     
  19. LoganT thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm just saying, putting in an MXM card would probably make me and others shut up about a mid-range Mac. Or it's good enough.
     
  20. cube macrumors G5

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    And where would one get these rare and expensive MXM cards?

    As bad as I think the integrated graphics are, the stupid 2.5" disk is the worst thing.

    No, they have to make a real desktop.
     
  21. LoganT thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Which they probably won't ever. I might have to accept the fact that Steve Jobs is a stubborn bastard.

    But one can pray.
     
  22. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    You can already 'upgrade' to a 3.5" disk if you really want to by running a SATA cable from the internal SATA connector out to an external drive.

    As to where to get MXM cards? Well right now there's not a market for them, however, if more iMacs, Mac Minis and MacBooks used them then you can be sure that a third party would start to offer them a year or so down the line. As it is you can already get a 7900 MXM card although without a comparable Mac compatible desktop card there's no bios to pilfer and flash it with. If someone could find a 1900XT MXM card (which I don't think exists right now), it could probably be flashed with the bios of the Mac Pro card and could work in the 24" iMac.
     
  23. DeathChill macrumors 68000

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    I'll never get the integrated graphics hate. The GMA950 performs well enough and is better then the Radeon that was available in the G4 Mac Mini. At least the GMA950 can handle Core Image, while the Radeon in the G4 could not.
     
  24. cube macrumors G5

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    So that the point of making the mini so small is...???
     
  25. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Because most people really like that size. Most people would be perfectly happy with a notebook drive in there. If it did have a 3.5" drive, it would have to be much bigger. If people like yourselves *really* want to upgrade to a 3.5" drive then there's a way for them to do it by buying an external drive that matches the style. So if what you want so badly from a mid-sized tower is the ability to use a 3.5" drive then you need look no further, the mini can do it.
     

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