Mac Mini - Capable of HD video?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by patersonangus, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. patersonangus macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009

    Im thinking of completing the mac transformation from work and laptop to my home computer, does anyone know, does the mac mini have a good enough graphics card to play HD video thats downloaded, my current PC's graphics card struggles.

    I knowits due for revision so going to wait for that. Say the new mini has the same GPU as the current mac book, will that be enough?


  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    I have a C2D 1.83 mini with the underpowered Intel GMA950 chip and it plays 720p material fine using QuickTime or VLC.

    1080 is asking for trouble though.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I use my 2 gHz Mini to play 1080p Blu-ray rips with Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround sound using Plex. Only a couple of movies (out of more than 40) have playback issues.
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I was able to play 720p video with a Mac Mini G4. For some reason, I bet the newest ones can play 1080p.
  5. rylin macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2006
    My 1.66 Dual Core w/ 1GB RAM handles 720 "scene" releases just fine.
    It handles a lot of 1080p releases as well, but it's a question of bitrate.
  6. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Thats because "scene" releases are junk.

    The GPU does not make a difference, the CPU does. Despite using two generation old technology, the current Mini will play 1080p just fine. Anything Apple decides to throw in the updated Mini will play it even better.

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