Mac Pro Mini

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AML707, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. AML707 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    I had been thinking it would be great to have the Power of the Power Mac in a small package. So I made a diagram of what i thought would be the "Mac Pro Mini":) . Notice this is just the basic thing its not completed. I used Illustrator ( for those wondering) and I am new to it so I am not that advanced. Any suggesstions or comments feel free to post them.:) Thanks!

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  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    i agree with you about a smaller Pro Mac.. a lot like the G4 Cube, however your drawing does not tell use of big it is..howmany inches by inches or feet by feet is it

    However its a good idea
  3. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I love the concept- not the name so much, but I want to know your dimensions too. I would love the idea of something between the mac mini and the powermac or the imac and powermac.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I'd be willing to bet that there is a desktop (without built-in monitor) coming that will be relatively compact (compared to the traditional Mac tower) and almost as powerful. Maybe not the top Intel chip, but the next step down, and screaming in every respect.
  5. AML707 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    :eek: sorry i forgot I did it in a hurry.I was thinking maybe 6 inches in width, 14 inches in height, and 16 inches in depth. What do you all think?
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Were Apple to do this, it'd be silly not to make it at least big enough for a full sized optical drive and one (better two) 3.5" hard drive--what's the point of a more upgradeable "semi-pro" machine that uses notebook components?

    It wouldn't need to have any PCI/PCI-X/PCI-E slots open (though one would be nice), although having an upgradeable GPU as shown in your diagram would be nice.

    This has been discussed ad-nauseum, but basically if you cramped the G5 form factor down a little and took advantage of the Conroe (desktop) instead of Woodcrest (server) version of the Core 2, you could probably squeze in, say, a graphics card and one open slot, enough space for maybe 4GB of RAM, one 5.25" optical drive bay, and two 3.5" drive bays. That would be ideal, but you could scrap one 3.5" drive bay and the empty slot if necessary.

    Now, this would only be a good idea if they're going to use Woodcrest in the "true" G5 PowerMac successor, maintaining it as a full-on, top-of-the-line workstation, which is what the current models are (16GB EEC RAM capacity, etc).

    Given the choice between those, I'm not sure which I'd end up buying, although it would depend in part on the performance difference between Woodcrest and Conroe.
  7. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    Well, I've been thinking there should be a headless Mac to go between the iMac and "Mac Pro".
  8. AML707 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    You're Right silly of me to put notebook components. I was just trying to get the scale the size down.:eek:
  9. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Good chip would be Conroe Extreme Edition
    AN idea for Apple's Mac lin up

    Mac Pro Mini-Conroe XE 2.93Ghz
    iMac-Conroe 2.13Ghz and 2.40Ghz
    PowerMac Woodcrest lower end
    xServer WoodCrest Higher End
    Mac Mini Merom 1.66Ghz and 1.83Ghz
    MacBook Merom -1099 White-2Ghz 1499 Black-2.16Ghz
    MacBook Pro Merom- 1999 15'' 2.33Ghz and 17'' 2499 2.33Ghz

    That would be the nice Mac line up

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