New loaded custom Mini with SSD- Benchmarks Included!!!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Maven1975, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Thanks for the help out there concerning the video memory. (128 vs 256) I had been waiting for a new HTPC and the Mini was perfect except for the crappy Intel GMA graphics.

    Having a MB Air Rev. B, I had an idea what the Mini could do when it came to video. However, the power and snappiness was a concern for a dedicated HTPC. So this is what I did to my Mini....

    Base Mini upgraded the chip to 2.26. -EDU Discount-

    Ordered 4 GB of ram from Other World Computers.

    And.. I know some will think I am crazy for this.. 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD

    The ram was less than $60 shipped. The SSD was $316.00 after rebate and Live discount.

    I am absolutely satisfied with this purchase.

    Xbench 1.3 Results

    Geekbench 2.1 32bit Results

    Geebbench 2.1 64bit Results
  2. Oi-Oi-Oi macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2009
    New York
  3. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Congratulations on your customization and purchase.:D
    That has to be one of the best Mac mini configurations there are.

    Anybody know if 5GB or 6GB would work in the new mini?
  4. elcid macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2007
    Run a benchmark so we can all see what we are missing with the SSD.
  5. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I will be running benchmarks tonight and posting them in about an hour. If you have ay requests, please let me know what they are.
  6. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    According to OWC 6GB will not work.
  7. Ekos macrumors newbie


    Dec 31, 2008
    That's awesome, can the HDD be replaced with a SSD in the Mini G4?
    That would be a sweet step up...
  8. wetrix macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Negative. G4 uses a PATA drive controller. SSDs are all SATA except the MacBook Air Rev A 64 GB SSD.
  9. googdot macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2005
    Aotearoa...Land Of The Long White Cloud
    Any word on those benchmarks? Can't wait to compare...
  10. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I updated the first post with xbench and geekbench results scores.

  11. googdot macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2005
    Aotearoa...Land Of The Long White Cloud
    Cool - thanks. Nice xbench score indeed! :D
  12. revx macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Not entirely true, Transcend makes some PATA SSD drives, newegg and the like sells them. They are decently specc'ed, I've used them, performance is pretty good.
  13. tarasis macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    *whistles* My Xbench score was 130 vs your 191 that SSD drive really makes a difference. I'm a bit puzzled why your System - Allocate score is so out of whack compared to mine, me 147.54 vs you 251.31 though

    Mine's the base sys, with BTO 2.26 GHz and 4GB ram.

    Geekbench me 3099 vs you 3062, so no real difference there but I suppose its aimed more at testing processor & ram.

    Hmm wonder how I could sell the misses on an SSD ...
  14. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    From what I understand, Geekbench is not the preferred method for benchmarking Mac's.
  15. buddster macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    I have the same setup and my xBench score was 188 - you beat me. I then replaced the optical drive with a 500gb drive for storage and it's still silent. The icing on the cake would be 6gb ram. 4gb gets soaked up quick.
  16. rrijkers macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2007
    The Netherlands
    at least geekbench makes it possible to easily compare identical systems. Now please bench it with the 64 bits geekbench
  17. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I need a registered version of geekbench to do this. If you have access to one, please PM me.

    For those wondering about OSX boot times. The spinning wheel goes around 1.5 times and then its ready to go. :eek:
  18. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Geekbench 64bit results have now been added to the first post.

  19. rrijkers macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2007
    The Netherlands

  20. googdot macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2005
    Aotearoa...Land Of The Long White Cloud
    Question for the OP - how did you setup the ssd initially?

    I'm looking at getting one of these and am curious if you installed it internally and then formatted...did you zero erase? Then clone or fresh install?
  21. batistuta macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Do you have any external storage attached?
    Any thoughts on the performance benefits of the (pricey) upgrade from 2.0 to 2.26GHz?
    I am considering the same kinda setup, but the cpu upgrade adds 25% to the base price :-(
    4GB RAM is a given and I will probably go for the Intel X-25M SSD (80GB).

    Right now all of my iTunes library, movies etc. is on a Synology NAS (DS-107+ for the interested) connected to a Airport Express at only 100mbps - I will either try at gigabit speed, but more likely I will connect an external drive to the Mini, even if it sacrifices the form factor/neatness somewhat.
    What do you guys think of either: 1) Seagate FreeAgent Go for Mac or 2) Western Digital My Passport Studio?
    Both with 500GB and FW800. I suspect this would be notably faster than my current setup? Other good drive recommendations would be highly appreciated.
    As noise is more important than speed I will go for the portable drives, even if they are rotating slower and have less cache.
  22. batistuta macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Given that I have more music than I can store on a SSD, unless it is a prohibitively expensive 250gb one, which of the following setups would you prefer for optimum performance/best everyday experience??

    1) SSD in Mini for OS, Apps, docs and pics. Music on external 2.5" USB drive.
    2) As above, but with music on NAS server (might upgrade my Synology DS-107+ to a DS-109 which should push some 40megabytes/sec over gigabit lan).
    3) 500GB drive in Mini (5400rpm due to possible heat and vibration issues).

    Mini will be new with 4 gigs of RAM. I realize that costs for the above differs a lot. 3 is the cheapest and most energy efficient.
  23. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    You could do it like I do. Small, fast drives in all computers, gigantic file server with a gigabit infrastructure that takes care of all storage. Put the file server away somewhere it doesn't bother you and enjoy the perks of silent and practical computing. :)
  24. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    4 GB max. The logic board can't recognize it.

    Go for the gigabit. You won't be disappointed.

    I keep all my iTunes stuff on a 733 MHz G4 with a gigabit connection to the network. It runs great and video (I have yet to try HD) runs without choppiness. I've done some stuff in the iTunes settings and I can get to the library from anywhere in the house with a network connection. The network isn't slowed one bit. The only time it is choppy is when the PM is downloading something.
  25. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Go with the SSD and external firewire drive for your itunes libary.

    Or use the second SATA port for a 500gb HD.

    I personally popped a blu-ray drive in their and bought a Corsair 128GB SSD. Rocks for the price! :) Pimp your mini!

    PS If you clone your drive over to the ssd! remember to reinstall the os, in order to get the fast boot up times! I'm not sure why this is necessary, but this is what I had to do in order to get a 29s boot up :)

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