Mac Mini for group Skype calls?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lazerbrains, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. lazerbrains macrumors regular

    lazerbrains

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    I am looking into setting up a Mac Mini in our conference room to mainly use for group Skype calls, but am unsure if I should spring for the better graphics card, or will the Intel embedded graphics be fine. I am not sure how much Skype relies on a graphics card.

    I would prefer to spend less, but if it is going to make it harder for me to do group video conference calls, then I will get the better one. ANyoe have any experience with this?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's going to depend a lot more on your network connection, and the network connection of those you are conferencing with.
     
  3. lazerbrains thread starter macrumors regular

    lazerbrains

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    So do you think the Intel GPU will be sufficient. We have 20Mbps download speed, so our end should be sufficient. I understand that other participants speed will matter, but will the GPU make nay difference at all.
     
  4. lickitysplit macrumors regular

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    I would imagine so because I'm able to play blurays at 1080p on a TV with no issues. Are you going to have multiple displays plugged in?
     
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    You realize that download is only half the battle tho right? Most ISP's give you a ton of Download bandwidth but very little upload. For example, I get 20mbps down but less than 1mbps up.... For video conferencing you really need both.
     
  6. lazerbrains thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, we will be plugged into one display, but there will be multiple Skype videos going on at once. As we will be using Skype premium, and Group Skype calls.
     

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