New Mac Mini Specs (hypothetical)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by poozer115, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. poozer115 macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2008
    My dream set up for the new (high end) mac mini.

    Price: $800
    Processor: Dual 2.4 ghz
    RAM: 2 gb and upgradeable
    Hard drive: 160 gb
    VRAM: Nvidia with 256 mb (like macbooks)

    If anybody wants to post their own ideal setups, or argue with mine, feel free :cool:.
  2. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    well I'd hope they support 3.5" HDD's thus:

    2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
    2GB DDR3
    NVIDIA 9400M
    320GB HDD (3.5")
    1x DP, 1x DVI
    Firewire 800

    What I'd love lots is some sort of 16GB SSD for apps / os + a WD greenpower HDD for general storage, would make an ace home server :)
  3. rust.puppet macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2008
    Ashtabula, OH
    I don't think you guys are far off, we'd need atleast 320 gigs maybe 1 gig upgradable ram to 6 or 8(doubt well see this) nvidia chipset. Core 2 and dual display...

    I won't buy one but the sound nice
  4. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Before the iMac. Riiiiiiiiiight.
  6. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    You should probably just be "happy" with:

    Price: $599
    Processor: C2D 2.0GHz
    RAM: 2GB (max)
    Hard drive: 120GB

    Because it's looking less and less like they will ever update it. 521 days and counting...
  7. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Any reason they couldn't/wouldn't be updated simultaneously? :confused:
  8. poozer115 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2008
    Yeah, that's why it's my "Dream" setup =(. At best they need to at least update the graphics to Nvidia, everything else I can handle being a bit low, but seriously, the days of cheap integrated graphics ended a LONG time ago..
  9. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    why would you think it'd suddenly get a quad when its never been a powerhouse machine.

    latest C2D like the macbooks, maybe two skus - 2.0 and 2.4 (with custom options for more money)

    2GB standard with 4GB upgrade option

    160GB HDD in the low end, 250GB in the high end, both upgradeable to 320GB (still all 2.5" 5400rpm drives)

    finally wireless 'n', gigabit ethernet


    Basically a macbook in a box.

    twin optical drive bays, twin HDD bays all sound like user upgradable options, easy access chassis etc. Not 'mini' anymore and isn't what Apple have done before with the mini (or the imac for that matter), so I still expect them to stick with single drives and still make it difficult for user upgrades.

    I'll be happy to have the faster ram of the new macbooks, and the general speed increase with better cache etc. if developers of plex/boxee manage to use snow leopard to get access to the GPU for decoding then all the better.
  10. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Oh, the agony... :eek:

    (hold stomach and crouches over...)
  11. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    I would expect the mini to have specs very much in line with the current Macbook.
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    2.0 2.4
    1gb and 2gb DDR3
    120gb 160gb
    $699 $899

    Looks like thicker version of AEBS/Time Capsule with black Apple logo. Same thickness as current Mini except no power brick. Firewire status unknown. Smallest packaging ever, runs on the energy of a single Kit Kat finger etc. etc.
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Watch what you say about energy in reference to physical things. Three M&Ms have the potential energy to get the space shuttle into orbit.

    E=MC^2... It's a powerful (no pun intended) thing.
  14. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    4 3gHz processors
    6 drive bays for SATA
    64Gb Ram
    two optical drives
    in a smaller box.


    I'm about as realistic as most of you guys.
  15. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    I think it will/should be:

    - Dual core 2.4GHz processor
    - 4GB RAM (um...2? really? WTF?!) :D
    - 160 or 250GB HD
    - NVIDIA graphics (no idea which)
    - 1 FireWire 800
    - Mini DVI/Mini DisplayPort

    EDIT: Don't care about the price. I just would like to have a tiny little mini that I can carry around.

  16. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    +1, plus USB 2.0 of course, but perhaps that was just assumed above.
  17. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    There would be no reason to buy an iMac if the mini had the same specs. The iMac will also be the stronger machine.
  18. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Monitor, keyboard, and mouse, anyone?
  19. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I would opt for a quad core, preferably i7. Dual core CPU's are yesterday's technology and are just not considered high end anymore. There is still a big enough difference between i7 and i7 Xeon to differentiate between the Mac Pros and the iMac/Mini. It doesn't have to be an i7 quad. Even a Core2 quad would work quite nicely but I would still prefer i7.

    I hope there is a big enough speed bump for the new Mini. Many users do not want an all-in-one iMac and don't consider the iMac a viable choice. So if the new model is lacking it will be a huge disappointment to many. I am still running my trusty dual 2.7 G5 but when it isn't supported anymore or dies I want to use my Cinema display with a minimalist, small foot print computer. My PowerMac chassis is very nice but it's huge.

    Yup, a quad would be my choice to add to the all the great suggestions already made.
  20. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    We have these wonderful things called laptops…
  21. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Considering every Mac has a dual-core CPU, I'd say dual core is today's technology. I know technology moves fast, but come on.
  22. JG271 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    Probably a lower processor speed - not to compete with the iMac. Unless the iMac gets updated.

    And no way 2GB! Not before the mac pro!!!
  23. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Price: Your Arm
    CPU: Quad i7's
    RAM: 32GB DDR3
    Graphics: DUAL (2x) PNY Quadro FX5600 G-Sync 1.5GB GDDR3 in Hybrid SLI
    Hard Drive: Panasonic Developmental 2TB SSD (equivalent 40,000RPM)
    Ports: 4 Firewire 800, 4 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, DVI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort
    2 Blu-Ray Rewritable Bays
    Internal Wireless N
    Internal WIMAX
    'Pain button' so you can let it know how much its slowing down when using handbrake annoys you
    Cruise Missiles for targeting Dell factories
    50" High Definition ACD Screen with 12.0MP iSight, and internal Apple TV
    Wireless Apple Touchscreen Keyboard and gesture sensitive mighty mouse
    Unlimited Apple Care
    Personally blessed by Steve Jobs using Holy Apple juice
    CPU Heatsink doubles as coffee mug/eggnog warmer
    Liquid nitrogen Silent GPU, RAM and CPU cooling
    Mac Cube chassis and case which glows in the dark and beats to your music
    Built in Karmon Hardon Sound Sticks 2 and Bass
    Operating System: MAC OS X 10.7 Rabies Dog

    All lighter than a Macbook Air flying out of Bill Gates window.
  24. Theophany macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    NW London.
    The OP asked for "dream" setups. RTQ.

    Uhm, but if I remember correctly (I'm no physics bod) it's been disproved. :confused:
  25. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I can't imagine why that would be... Source? :p

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