Other than .26 GHz, ? diff in 2.0 and 2.26?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MTShipp, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    #1
    Other than the obvious math difference in 2.26 GHz and 2.0 GHz, would there be any major performance decrease in going with the 2.0 Mini? I can get it more cheaper from Amazon than I can from Apple Education.
     
  2. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Location:
    Switzerland
    #2
    Go for extra memory. Update to 2 or 4GB pre-configured or DIY.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #3
    .26GHz isn't worth it. Just get 2.0GHz base model and upgrade RAM and HDD by yourself
     
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816

    mcavjame

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Location:
    phased to this universe
    #4
    Agreed. Memory and faster Drive will be more noticeable than a fraction of processing power.
     
  5. Esulatell macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2009
    #5
    *I can get it cheaper from Amazon.
    Ah the addition of Apple Education makes this so much funnier :D

    But its probably best off just getting 2.0 GHz and upgrading the RAM, i'm not so sure you can add RAM to a Mac Mini by yourself, probably best to get it done by Apple.
     
  6. Roy macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    #6
    Say say it's easy to upgrade the Mac Mini ram, and others say it's hard. Some are happy they could do the upgrade themselves, others lament that's they've screwed something up and now there mini doesn't work right and they are worried they have voided their Apple warranty.
     
  7. MTShipp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    #7
    I pulled the trigger on the 2.0/4GB/320 Mini. Because I was calling about my iMac that still has not shipped, she put it on the same order which gives me free overnight shipping + she knocked off another $150 from the iMac!

    I should have my Mini this week!
     
  8. ntrigue macrumors 68040

    ntrigue

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    #8
    The graphics in the 2.26GHz are superior as well...I think the 0.26GHz is better for future proofing.
     
  9. James Cole macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  10. MTShipp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    #10
    I understand that the Mini's video card shares memory with the system. By going with the 4GB, that will give me 256 of video memory?
     
  11. Scratchen macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2009
    #11
    Yes. 2GB, or more, will increase the video memory to 256MB.
     
  12. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

    Jackintosh

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Location:
    Illinois
    #12
    2.26. Go for the best on such an investment.

    You'll get 256mb graphics memory on 2gb RAM or higher.
     
  13. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

    pacmania1982

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #13
    There is absolutely no difference in 'the graphics' on any of the new Mac mini's - they're all the same NVidia GeForce 9400M chips. The only difference is how much video memory the chip gets when you have different amounts of RAM installed. 4GB = 512MB, 2GB = 256MB etc
     
  14. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #14
    512MB isn't possible in OS X. 256MB is maxium
     
  15. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

    MultiFinder17

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Location:
    Tampa, Florida
    #15
    Just to clarify, it's actually:

    1gig RAM = 128 megs dedicated to graphics
    2gig RAM = 256 megs dedicated to graphics
    3gig RAM = 256 megs dedicated to graphics
    4gig RAM = 256 megs dedicated to graphics

    The max is 256 megs; I upgraded my base-model mini to 4gigs and it has 256 megs dedicated to the GPU.
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #16
    According to Intel the 2.26GHz processor has Intel VT-x optimizes performance when you running virtual machines; the 2.0Ghz model does not have that.

    Contrary to what Intel publishes, my software tells me that the 2.0GHz model does have VT-x, but I don't know if I should believe Intel or my software.
     
  17. Roy macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    #17
    About a week or 2 ago, I read on one of the threads that what you are saying is correct and Intel site is incorrect. Intel would probably just say it was a "typo" on their part.:D
     

Share This Page