Mini's Processor Choices and Streaming

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AnthonyCM, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. AnthonyCM macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    I'm about to get a Mini in the next couple of days. What I need to know is if there's a reason to get the 2.66 processor over the 2.53 processor.

    I'm mainly going to be using the Mini to wirelessly (maybe eventually wired) stream Hulu, Boxee, Plex, etc. Would the faster processor help with this at all (even in the slightest bit), or would it be unnecessary overkill? I don't care about resell value, as I plan on having this for, hopefully, a long time. This is going to be used exclusively as a HTPC.

    I'm willing to spend the extra money if it's necessary, but would rather not if I'm going to be getting the same quality from either processor for streaming video.

  2. azdunerat macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    If it helps at all I have the old 2.0 C2D with the gma950 grafix card and I stream plex and hulu with 0 problems. Now I do not have any bluray rips to worry about but everything else is solid. I think the 2.53 will be plenty for you
  3. AnthonyCM thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    Thanks. Do you have any dropped frames or picture loss? I'll be hooking this up to a 46" television.
  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    For what it's worth, I run 1080p on my early 2009 Mac mini with the 2.0ghz+9400m. No issues. Don't bother going from 2.53 -> 2.66.

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