Quad-core or discrete GPU?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macintoshBR, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. macintoshBR macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I intend to buy the new mac mini. I want to play games casually, like CoD or WoW.

    What configuration would please me better from
    quad-core i7 2.0GHz with no discrete GPU or
    dual-core i7 2.7GHz with the Radeon Chipset ?

    Why ?

    EDIT: When not playing (most part of time) I run videos, films, photos, music, sheets and docs intensively.
     
  2. beginner17 macrumors newbie

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  4. beginner17 macrumors newbie

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    I made it and choosed the 2,5GHz with AMD. Will arrive tonight except for a dumb GLS man :D
     
  5. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

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    Go with the AMD standard config, don't bother with the i7 upgrade the extra performance you will get will be barely noticeable. Best to spend that cash on more ram.
     
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  7. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    You made a proper decision. I hope that you will enjoy greatly your new Mac Mini!
     
  8. Pecorino macrumors member

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    The 2011 Mac mini, with the Intel HD 3000 inside, does not support the OpenCL framework. In other word, they do not support the "greatest and most advanced" Apple's "technical innovation".
    The Apple is "shy" on this subject, they even mentioned it, but you must be aware of this problem, like an "informed consumer".
     
  9. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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  10. thepanos macrumors newbie

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    I made the same choice.

    Don't think the difference between the dual-core i5 and dual core i7 will be worth the extra $100. If it was the quad i7 than I definitely would have gone for it.
     
  11. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    All 4 mobile CPU's used in the Mac Mini line have Hyperthreading.
     
  12. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

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    The $100 is miles better spent on extra ram.
     
  13. cragmr macrumors member

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    So many threads asking the same question... Wouldn't have been an issue if Apple would have just released a quad core i7 + discrete gpu option. Oh well.
     
  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Definitely not for gaming, on the contrary actually.

    If you are choosing for gaming, deeeeefinitely the AMD GPU.
     
  15. ess5 macrumors member

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    I spent $100 on the i7 upgrade, and $50 on 8gb of RAM (It'll be $40 if I get off my ass and do the MIR).

    seeing as how the CPU would be the most *annoyingly difficult* DIY in the machine, It was easy to justify paying for it up-front.
     
  16. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    The internal 85 watt psu can not provide enough power for that option. That brings us back to these two threads which judging by some answers is why there is no quad + discrete option for the 2011

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1204124&highlight=


    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1191667&highlight=
     
  17. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

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    Paying for performance that won't be noticeable in the real world ?
     
  18. ess5 macrumors member

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    "barely noticeable" or "won't be noticeable"? You're saying two different things here :)

    Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't put it past Apple to offer a completely useless upgrade...I just don't agree that this one is it.

    Plus, it's all of $100. My "barely noticeable" CPU bump ($100) & Amazon 8gb RAM ($50) still don't add up to the official $180 8gb RAM upgrade ;)
     
  19. volodymyrqa macrumors regular

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    Can anyone, please, post a link to ebay international seller, who is selling RAM which will fit into new mini ? ( for normal price :)

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  20. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Both have their uses though I'm going with the discrete GPU just to keep it separate from the main memory.
     
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  22. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    A friend and I discussed this and agree it's probably due to heat. 35w dual-core vs. 45w quad-core.
     
  23. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    Heat arises from the power consumed. The difference between the amount of heat from a 35w dual-core and that from 45w quad-core should be negligible. Because a quad-core consumes 10 W more power than a dual-core, not sufficient power within the safety margin is left to drive a dedicated graphical card. Note that other components also consumes power. This also explains why Apple discourages a second HDD in the dedicated graphical card model by not providing a BTO option for two HDDs.
     
  24. beginner17 macrumors newbie

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    there was a dumb GLS man and my Mac Mini is around the neighbourhood.
    Damn, stupid GLS.

    Have to looking around to find my Mini.
     
  25. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

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    Benchmark programs will show a slight improvement in performance in real world use you won't notice it. The i7 is simply not worth it fir the MacMini, spend it on ram.
     

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