Upgrade from 2.26GHz 4GB Mini to new 2.66 GHz?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by DHart, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. DHart macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    I'm running a year old mini with 10.6.4 OS and 2.26 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM and I'm happy with it's performance running all the typical stuff, as well as CS5 and LR3. Runs fine and fairly speedy. Here's what it's got:

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MM31.0081.B06
    SMC Version (system): 1.35f0

    But now, I've got to wonder if I would notice an improvement in running Photoshop filters (like Portraiture) or in finder activities if I upgraded to the 2.66 GHz Mini with 4GB of RAM. Looks like the only performance improvement other than
    processor speed might be the graphics processor? And ability to go to 8GB of RAM, though 4GB seems plenty to for what I do.

    * 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    * 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
    * 1066MHz frontside bus
    * NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    * 4GB RAM

    graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory4

    Your thoughts on that? Noticible improvement or hardly noticible?
     
  2. WardC macrumors 68030

    WardC

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    If you were willing to put that much money down, you would get better performance out of an i5 iMac quad core or something like that. They new 2.66GHz Mini is pricey!!
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

    TMRaven

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    That is a very ill-advised upgrade. If you must be on the bleeding edge of technology, get an easily upgradeable pc tower.
     
  4. DHart thread starter macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    PC is not even remotely a possibility for me. Mac for me all the way since 1984 and I doubt that will ever change.

    OK then, it sounds like I'm fine with the mini I have. (I've also got a bunch of other macs). But like many, I'm lured by the draw of ever speedier machines.
     
  5. WardC macrumors 68030

    WardC

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    I second that 100% !!!
     
  6. snsr macrumors member

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    I'd say hardly noticeable. Things might be a bit snappier, but you'd see a much greater improvement from just upgrading your current system with a WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm drive (or, even better, an SSD).
     
  7. DHart thread starter macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    Yeah.. already did the HD upgrade to 500GB 7200 and the RAM is maxed out at 4GB. It's a plenty speedy set-up, really, I'm just a sucker for the latest, faster offerings. :rolleyes:
     
  8. ValSalva macrumors 68040

    ValSalva

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    You could use the 7200 RPM HDD as an external drive if you bought an SSD. If you like speed, you'd love a good SSD.
     
  9. stevensr123 macrumors 6502

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    The guy just wants a new, sexy looking gadget :D
     
  10. DHart thread starter macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    Yeah! Don't we all.

    SSD will come at some point, just a little more than I want to spend for the capacity right now, for me.
     

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