New Mac Mini Graphics Card - Are there 2 types?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ibglowin, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. ibglowin macrumors regular

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    So I am thinking of picking up a new Mini. From the Apple web site technical specs page for the Mini:

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini?mco=MTE3MDI

    It looks like the higher priced Mini has 256MB of shared video and the cheaper one only has 128MB.

    I was thinking of picking up a BTO from Apple and doing a little upgrading on my own as well.

    I would like to get the optional 2.26 C2D and then smaller hard drive as well as only 1GB ram and then pick up a 500GB drive off Newegg as well as 4GB Ram. Apple doesn't even offer anything bigger than the 320GB drive and they want alot more than I want to pay for the 4GB Ram. I end up saving about a $100 bucks and I get 180GB more drive space. I am completely comfortable opening up a Mini and upgrading them and have done this to 6 Mini's to date (mine and friends)

    But I would like to have the 256MB shared video. Is this a different card only available on the higher end Mini or does the amount a shared video depend on the amount of RAM you have installed?

    What say ye?
     
  2. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Depends on amount of ram installed. Same card from my perusing here when I was looking at buying a mini.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It depends about the amount of RAM you've installed. 1GB shares 128mb with GPU and 2GB and more shares 256mb.
     
  4. ibglowin thread starter macrumors regular

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