Mac Mini Graphics (?)

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  1. alex.marton, Aug 10, 2015
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    Hi All,

    Am I going crazy or is there a 2011 Mac Mini, with an AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card? I've been reading on some game forums that there was a Mac Mini with that graphics card. I thought the only graphics card the Mac Mini came with in 2011 was the Intel HD Graphics 3000...

    Thanks, Alex.
     
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    Thanks for that! :) Do you think it's worth it looking for these models, instead of getting the brand new ones? I'd use this Mac for very light gaming.
     
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    I've had no experience with the 6630M, sorry.
     
  5. alex.marton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh okay, thank you! :)
     
  6. richmlow macrumors regular

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    Hi alex.marton,


    Yes, there is such a system...I have one and it runs quite well. =)

    Here are my system specs:

    Mac Mini (Mid 2011)
    2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB RAM
    AMD Radeon HD 6630M (256 MB VRAM)
    OS X El Capitan 10.11 (Public Beta 4)


    richmlow



     
  7. richmlow macrumors regular

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    Hi alex.marton,


    What sort of light gaming would you use the Mac Mini for? If you could be a bit more specific, I can give you some additional insight. =)


    richmlow


     
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    The current Iris equipped Mac mini's would at least equal the GPU performance of the 6630M. The Iris Pro in my rMBP is quicker then the full-fat 6750M in my old 2011 MBP.
     
  9. alex.marton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. :) The game I would play is The Sims 4 (lol). That is basically the only game I actually play. With all the expansion and stuff packs.
     
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    Thanks. :) I have found a 6630M equipped Mac Mini, for $499. That is literally the price of a brand new one. As you say, it's at least equal the GPU performance of the Iris. Do you think I should just buy a new one?
     
  11. richmlow macrumors regular

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    Hi alex.marton,


    I think that $499 for a 6630M equipped Mac Mini is a bit too expensive. However, the lowest-end new Mac Mini for $499 is not worth it, in my opinion. The lowest-end new Mac Mini is running a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 (not Intel Iris). =(

    Take a look at the technical specs for the current Mac Mini platform for further details:

    http://www.apple.com/mac-mini/specs/

    In my opinion, the entire current Mac Mini line is not very compelling. Right now, Apple does not have a good desktop computer lineup. Nowadays, it seems like Apple is much more concerned with making E-toys (phones, tablets, watches, etc.) than robust computing platforms.

    If you can find a 6630M equipped Mac Mini at a more reasonable price, I would definitely go that route.

    As for me, I'm waiting for a compelling upgrade to the sleek cylindrical Mac Pro. If and when it comes out, I'll buy that for my next computer and hope that it will last me for 10+ years. =)


    richmlow


     
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  13. alex.marton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! :) That's cool that you're saving up for a Mac Pro! I'd buy one, but can't afford one for now. I looked at the Mac Minis, and the mid-range one has Intel Iris graphics, so I might go for that one. :) As for the AMD one, I'll make sure to keep looking for some. :)

    If you are talking about the Mac Mini, yes it has a Dual Core i7 option when configuring it. :) If you are talking about the Mac Pro, it doesn't. (I'm guessing you knew that). :)
     
  14. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    I was sort of referring to this particular $499 model with the 6630M vidcard... If it has a i7, sure, that's a plus.
     

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