Mac Mini to receive processor bump alongside MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Checko, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Checko macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    I read the article on the homepage regarding a processor bump for the MacBook Pro within the next week or month. I'm interested in picking up a Mini, but since the normal and Server versions use the same processors as the MacBook Pro, do you think Apple would bump up the clock speeds on the Mini as well?

  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    yes I do thinks so. but they may wait until jan 2012. in 2009 they had a march and oct update IIRC 6 or 7 months apart.

    so 6 or 7 months gets you into jan or feb 2012.

    as an sside having used all the new minis the cpus are really good. i would not hope for a faster cpu I would like a better gpu
  3. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    I just got the 2011 2.5 Ghz mini too (need the SB for data throughput) and am less than impressed with the heat; the 2010 2.4 hardly ever increases the fan speed from 1800 and the temperature stays nicely down. The 2011 2.5 runs at least 20C hotter and the fan at times sounds like a hairdryer.

    Hopefully the mini refresh adresses the heat issue. I cannot understand why they do not get CPU's with a lower TDP.
  4. YsoSerious macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    Always makes me wonder if there will ever be a day where intel can't fit anymore processing power into current silicon chips. What then? Overclocking CPUs till they melt?
  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Ivy bridge should allow better TDP. Would like to see a quad w/hyperthreading above 2.5ghz in a mini.
  6. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005

    I highly doubt we will see a Fall 2011 Mac Mini update.

    I think you're going to be looking at Spring 2012 at the earliest. Of course, I could be wrong, and they could come out tomorrow. ha.

    I just think the end of July is still very recent. 3 months. I would be quite surprised indeed.

    I just ordered a refurbished Mini Server for $850.
  7. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Lower performance per watt is not Apples target.

    The heat problem is a firmware problem, and a problem with the Lion kernel. Make sure that you have installed all necessary updates. My Early-2011 17" MBP (similar hardware) runs much cooler after the latest firmware update.
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    They will use > 50 GHz carbon nanotube based 2 nm "transistors".

    IBM Scientists Create Method to Measure the Performance of Carbon Nanotubes as Building Blocks for Ultra Tiny Computer Chips of the Future

    Timeline of carbon nanotubes

    I want a 75 GHz 32-cores MBP with a 21" 4x "retina" display! :D
  9. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    A lower TDP means same performance but using less watts - this is what they do in laptops: same CPU design, almost same performance at considerable energy savings.

    Wrong - the 2010 at idle uses 8 watts, the 2011 model at idle uses 15 watts.

    This is mainly due to the TDP of the CPU: the 2010 models were 18 Watts and the 2011 are 35 / 45 Watts plus a GPU ( 10 ~ 15 Watts).

    And from my signature you can also read that I run Windows 7 and tests have shown that Windows 7 on the 2010 and 2011 run cooler than Lion.
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    No. Here is the proof:

    And you have no proof for your assertions.


    The firmware and the OS *can* use the power management features of the CPU, but either the firmware and/or Lion does not implement the appropriate power management functions, which results in "hotter" chips. I guess the iPhone and iOS is more important for Apple than Lion and Lion-only machines like the "new" Mac mini, which results in unfinished products.

    The TDP has nothing to do with the real world. It is a theoretical maximum value, below the maximum power a processor can draw.

    If true, then it is a proof for my assertion, that the heat is OS dependent.

    Btw, you sound like a typical "i know it all" type of computer user.
  11. chedda macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2006
    No fans no heat i7 @ 2.7

    I used an i7 @ 2.7 all day today in a warm office the fans didn't kick in at all nor did it feel hot too the touch. I updated the efi as part of the software update as soon as i picked it up.
  12. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    A Sandy Bridge speed bump likely wouldn't mean a whole lot even if it did happen, so if you need to get one now, go for it. If you still want to wait, wait until Ivy Bridge in 2012, where we'll see a more sizable jump in performance, along with lower TDPs that may allow for discrete graphics with quad-core chips.
  13. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Not going to happen, the mini is the most neglected Mac.
  14. Mj13young macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    There will be no change in the lineup for at least 6 months.
  15. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    Did today give us hope for a similar spec bump? Or will iMacs be next?
  16. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    Would expect iMacs to be next to get a spec bump (if they do get one) perhaps even this year, with the Mac Mini possibly to get a spec bump early next year. The spec bump CPUs cost the same as the older ones so it would make sense to have a spec bump at some point, just not yet as it's too close to when the Minis were last updated.

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