The power of a small mac mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ymarker, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    For those that are looking to buy a more powerful computer, just wanted to share my experience with this tiny mac mini and how powerful it is. To use hardware video acceleration I'm using Win 7 x64 with the latest nvidia drivers and flash 10.1.

    Hulu HD ~ 30% cpu utilization (Legend of the seeker)
    Youtube HD 1080p ~ 30% cpu util (sample)
    AVC / MKV / MPEG4 720p content: <10% cpu util (using the free mpc-hc x64)

    The hardware acceleration of the onboard 9400 nvidia is amazing. I also have a radeon 5850 on my gaming rig and get similar results with hardware acceleration (ofcourse cod mw2 will be a different story).

    Also office 2010 beta is buttery smooth. Starts up in less than 2 seconds. Note I'm using an intel gen 2 ssd with 4gb ram on the mac mini mid 2009 model.
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Cool setup. I have the same specs mini as you.
  3. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Im going with a 256 Runcore SSD, and 8GB OWC RAM (with the 1.2 update) on a 2.6 processor. Bought the bungee cords to lash it to the desk today:rolleyes::eek::eek:;)

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