The $799 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by D4F, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. D4F Guest

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  2. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    think i pooped myself when i saw AMD Radeon HD 6630M :D
     
  3. D4F thread starter Guest

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    Indeed :)
    That's actually a decent chip :)
     
  4. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    Nice update.

    I have two issues with it.

    1. No optical drive affects its usefulness as a HTPC. I have enough peripherals already without needing to get an external optical drive.

    2. I want a quad-core CPU, but I don't want Lion Server. Really annoying Apple doesn't offer such an option.
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I agree. This is a very welcome move. I'm just a tad bit disappointed the server version doesn't have the AMD 6630 since that's the model I tend to buy. I like the dual HDD. All in all a nice upgrade. Much better bump than the new MBA.

    Cheers,
     
  6. MattyO macrumors regular

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    I'm liking it too. Better than I thought it was going to be.
     
  7. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    Did not notice you need to choose between the GPU or CPU as far as desecrete/quad core. Maybe heat was an issue to have both?
     
  8. Karr271 macrumors regular

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    although i would miss the superdrive, the addition of the AMD Radeon HD 6630M makes it acceptable. Finally the mac mini has awesome graphics and processing power. However, i would have like for a quad core processor and AMD Radeon HD 6630M option, but im content with the options. im also happy for the new prices as i was expecting a single $700 model. The new prices can go two ways, im saving $100 on the base model, or i only have to pay $100 more for upgraded graphics.
     
  9. Jezak macrumors member

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    I was simply stunned when I hit Engadget this morning and read the new mini has a decent vid card in it. Wow. Thanks Apple. Now to see the performance.
     
  10. AJ-X macrumors newbie

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    Hi, on the new high-end model, how much performance will the dual core i7 add? Will it be noticeable? Worth it? Thanks :)
     
  11. mrfoof82, Jul 20, 2011
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    With the exception of the amount of VRAM available, that's actually on par with a 2010 15" MacBook Pro. If it had 512MB of VRAM, it would actually be just as good for games. Granted, Magicka and Left 4 Dead 2 ran surprisingly well on a mid-2010 Mac Mini.

    The high-end CPU is an i7-2620M. The dual-core turbo boost is 3.2GHz, and 3.4GHz for single core.

    And good on them for ditching the optical drives for the SSD+HDD option! The Macs with one remaining are the Pro and pro-sumer (high-end iMac) models. Here's to those going away.

    Mean little machine, though I'll stick to my iMac.
     
  12. MarkN macrumors member

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    I really wanted a 128GB SSD option. I don't know if I can justify adding $600 for space I don't intend on using. I want my content on an external firewire hard drive and use this as a media server. I am also disappointed about the removal of the super drive.
     
  13. nsxrox macrumors member

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    So now I have to buy a Thunderbolt display to run dual monitors??? No thanks. Just went for the refurbished 2010 model for $469.
     
  14. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    it seems to me if you get the 799 model and add the i7 with the 750gb hdd you are at about 1004 with the student discount. that is a pretty good machine. close to the better 21.5 inch iMac
     
  15. S.Jobs macrumors member

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    that is a great computer. going to try to get my parents to buy one. there computer is so slow, it is 8 years old and they complain so much
     
  16. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    If they weren't going to put blu ray in then I'm I happy they took the optical drive out, added good graphics, put a good processor in, gave an option now for a 7,200rpm hd and ssds. The only thing I wish was for 2 front usb ports and thats it. Other wise I'm very impressed what Apple did with the mini and it seems like one killer little machine. I would love to get one but I'm very happy with my 2010 MBP right now. I may get a mini for a htpc when ivey bridge comes out next year.
     
  17. profets macrumors 68040

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    I really would have loved a 64 or 128 SSD option as well.. $600 is insane for for a $800 mini, especially since you lose a 500GB drive in the process.

    A $200 option to add 64GB SSD for OS/apps and keep the 500GB would have been perfect
     
  18. MarkN macrumors member

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    Any chance that Apple may offer more choices for SSD drives in the near future? I've never noticed that happening, but I would take a 64GB SSD option also.
     
  19. auero macrumors 65816

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    It's a great machine but a little expensive.

    A 27" display + mac mini is great. if you ever want a faster machine, you just replace the mini and get to keep the screen. All for about ~1800.

    From an HTPC standpoint, I'm glad I didn't wait. I built a small HTPC machine (i3, 4gb ram) and it runs all my large 40gb blu-ray's flawlessly with the HD2000. It cost me roughly $270 (I could have saved more but wanted to future proof myself a little) I spent another 300 making an ubuntu box that stores all my media internally (price doesn't include HD's) and runs certain services.

    I'm surely considering a mini for my desk though. They're great machines but personally it's a waste to dedicate as an HTPC. You really don't need much.
     
  20. eoren1 macrumors 6502

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    I was planning on getting the 27" iMac but am put off a bit by lack of TB peripherals/adapters and had just decided to wait til the next release. This mini seems to serve all my needs (predominately Photoshop/Lightroom) and I can use my 20" IPS monitor.
    Only hesitation is that the $799 model comes with a 5400rpm 500 gig drive. Ridiculous price to 'upgrade' to a 7200 rpm 750 gig drive. I would love to know if that is user upgradeable. Also really dying to know if can add aftermarket SSD or will have fan issues like with the new iMacs.
     
  21. iDave macrumors 6502a

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    Has Apple or anyone said you can't run two monitors using mini-DP adapters (to DVI) and HDMI, with or without the adapter (which is included)?
     
  22. mrklaw macrumors 68000

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    generally some great additions, but they've sprinkled them oddly all over the place.

    I can have a quad core, but only if I have two HDDs (which I don't need) and then I lose the discrete graphics, which only come with a dual core.

    Heat might be an issue, but then on the single drive version there should be enough space to have more cooling

    And the SSD is too big a jump.


    My perfect version would have been a quad core with 6630 and 128GB SSD.

    As it is, I'm torn between the base one and update RAM later, or the 6630



    edit: is the HDD user upgradeable? Might fancy putting a small 64GB ish boot SSD in there. Its only going to be a plex front end so quiet would be nice.
     
  23. eoren1 macrumors 6502

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    Just saw a post on 9-5 mac that OWC will be able to offer a user upgradeable HDD/SSD combo! Can't find anything on the OWC site or their FB page.... Here's hoping...
     
  24. Des Zac macrumors regular

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    Could anyone tell me if the BASIC version of the Mac Mini, (2gb Ram, 2.3ghz dual-core i5, etc.) Can run Spore and TF2?
     
  25. MarkN macrumors member

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    Does this mean that OWC will modify and sell the mini, or just sell the components? It doesn't look too pleasant to dig inside the mini and install a hard drive... for me anyway!
     

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