Mac Mini 1.66 Core Duo's capabilities?

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  1. slipper, Jan 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011

    slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    Mac Mini 1.66ghz Core Duo (not Core2Duo) with Intel GMA950 64mb

    Is it capable of streaming YouTube (flash) or H.264 720p video multi tasking along with other Apps such as MS Office or iPhoto editing?
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Well, as a performance comparison, my iMac 1.83/ATI X1600 struggled a but if I was doing a lot of things (720p Video editing in Final Cut Express with Mail,Safari,iTunes,iPhoto,iDVD in the background), If that mini has more than 1GB RAM, then it should handle it alright, but you may find it a tad slow if you dont have enough RAM (I recommend maxing it)
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It will play moderate bit rate 1080p Blu-ray rips with 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS surround. The photo editing abilities will depend upon the size, bit-depth and whether you're editing raw or JPEGs (or TIFFs).
  4. fkntotalkaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007

    chip is on a socket. You can upgrade it
  5. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    I was looking into the processor upgrade. It looks a little too difficult for me though. Upon my research it seems the 1.66ghz Core Duo is the lowest end model you want for a HTPC and anything lower will not handle HD playback very well. The Mac Mini will have 2gb RAM.
  6. matt3839 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2011
    YouTube will stream on any crappy old computer, though that one could probably push it to 720p; not sure though.

    I do know, however, that will help greatly with streaming videos in the Matroska format.
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Not with a GMA950 Mini. It cannot do hardware decoding of h.264. In terms of software, the best playback apps IME are Plex, XBMC and MPlayer OS X Extended. VLC is a distant second.
  8. gageray macrumors newbie


    Nov 10, 2006
    I have a similarly speced Mini that I'm using as an HTPC, it streams Netflix and Hulu just find, I don't know about YouTube though. It seems to do fine with non HD h.264, but .mkv files are troublesome at times.

    Perian for QuickTime and VLC have made most video playback easy in my experience.

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