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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Of more interest than fixing the missing HDMI with sound issue, is the possible use of an updated GPU to the 9400, which may prevent the Mac Mini from getting the I3 or I5 processors due to Nividia's dispute with Intel on future architectures. Looks like Apple is going with upgraded GPU even if it means keeping the Core 2 Duo processors in the Mac Mini. Given the alternative of Intel's integrated GPU units, that is probably the least of a bunch of bad alternatives.


The GPU included in I3 and I5 cpus seems to be rated fairly close to AMD integrated graphics, see AnandTech on 890GX. That isn't to say some form of non-intel graphics wouldn't be nice. I tend to think that the Mini has another bump or two to go in C2D before it gets switched to I3 or I5. But you never know.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvan256 wrote:
Let's just hope the next Mac mini will get another decent GPU. Please, no intel GPU!

I think it's unlikely with the chipset being discussed, but that would be a nightmare. Let's not even think about it. Crying or Very sad

No, I think Apple will stick with a C2D and Nvidia for the next update.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gpu of 9400 and a 3.06 cpu would be a nice machine. I Tend to agree they are not looking to stick in a quad core even if they jack the mini the 3/4 of an inch That I have been asking for. 2 hdds' and a blu-ray would be nice. They need to get a hdmi to fight off the zino from dell. dell's little machine is nice it has a 3.5 inch hdd and an hdmi hook up and handles blu- ray although it is costly when fully hooked up. It can run 1k maxed.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
gpu of 9400 and a 3.06 cpu would be a nice machine. I Tend to agree they are not looking to stick in a quad core ...


I think this would be tough from thermal/power point of view. Quad core is a higher power envelope than dual core. Iirc, original mini C2D cpus were 45W. There are a couple of intel quad cores down at that level (e.g. Q9000), but they aren't cheap.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 27 inch imac I just purchased has a 3.06 cpu and an updated gpu


ATI Radeon HD 4850:

Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 4850
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x944a
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-B9110C-425
EFI Driver Version: 01.00.383
Displays:
iMac:
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Built-In: Yes
Connection Type: DisplayPort
Display Connector:
Status: No Display Connected


This iMac pulls 145 watts on a kill a watt meter. I am running the screen
one dongle is added it is a elgato hybrid. 145 watts is more then the mini brick puts out but the mini does not drive a lcd screen. realistic thinking is a mini brick of 110 watts as much as they want. maybe a 130 watt brick. so I wonder what can they max as a mini cpu/gpu. a 9400 gpu and a 306 cpu can go in a 15 inch mb pro so they can most likely get them in a new mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ack, sorry. I didn't realise I'd left the end of the previous sentence.

The 3.06 CPU (T9900?) is rated at 35W, so you're quite correct, there should be no problem squeezing it into a mini.

I was expanding on your "not looking to stick in a quad core..." by thinking that would be tricky from power viewpoint, at least while intel quad cores are typically up at 65W+ TDP.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would be great as one does nog have to connect through that stupid adapter anymore as the cables supporting this are so much easier to find. Actually I even sold such a cable which I did not use not so long ago! Also one can connect even with some screens with an single HDMI cable directly!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woohoo! This would be the clincher for me to finally retire my 5 yr old mini to an itunes server.

I am actually needing to buy a new tv right now and it has been bugging me that most panels are now dropping VGA support, or, putting it on the side.

This way, I the mini will finally be able to function as a 'real' integrated HTPC.

I only hope that the port is not purposely crippled and is a 'full' HDMI port, ie, also allowing feedback control, look out for the 3rd party app developers jumping on that! Imagine the Mini being able to be switched on from a connected TV remote control, or the other way round

Anxiously looking forward to this one!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HDMI on Mini=I could not be any LESS interested in such an "upgrade"....

USB 3= Don't see it happening anytime soon on the Mini....

Bottom line, no reason to upgrade-yet Wink
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