older Mini that can handle 1080p

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mknabster, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. mknabster macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    I'm looking to buy an older Mini with a DVD burner that has enough graphics power to handle 720p and 1080p video over my file server via ethernet. I currently have a Pentium 4 Dell with a 256MB Radeon PCI card, and despite it saying it can do 1920x1080 resolutions, the max i was able to get it to work at was 1680. With that fact, it drops some frames in 720p, and 1080p very much so; luckily 480p is fine. So i'm looking for a smaller computer that can handle the video i have. What should i be looking for, and how much should i be spending, hopefully not too much, like $300 is my limit. I'll be going to a computer auction in 2 weeks, so i'm trying to do research on computers they might have, because they generally have a decent selection of minis.
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    a 2010 should do the trick. the base model 2.4 it has a discrete graphics card. just jack the ram up to at least 4gb.

    300 dollars no maybe 385
  3. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have a 2.0Ghz 2009 Mini with 4GB of ram that does 1080p just fine. I wouldn't go any lower than that because the 2009 at least has the 9400, rather than the GMA950
  4. mknabster thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
  5. dhussey111 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2012
    i have the same model before with same configuration but my pc was really low..
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Anything with a NVIDIA 9400M or Intel HD 3000 can decode at least one H.264 1080p data stream in realtime, if you use Mac OS X 10.6.3 and QuickTime Player X. I did not test VLC v2.x.x (supports also hardware acceleration).
  7. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    To answer your question, I have a 2.0GHz Early 2009 Mini as well, and it has 256MB of integrated VRAM.

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  8. grouch macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2011
    my 2009 mac mini with 2gb system memory plays 1080p videos just fine. i have one of the 2011 nvidia mac minis on my desk and the fan starts to go ******* when i try to play the same file.

    as far as mkv bluray rips go, it starts to stutter at a ~10-12 gig file for a 90 minute movie (over the network). i've been using this for a few years and i don't really have a reason to upgrade for a few more. it's been fantastic.

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