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Would you buy a Quad-Core Mini?
Yes
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No
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:29 pm    Post subject: Would you buy a Quad-Core Mini? Reply with quote

Just curious, assuming you could have a slightly upgraded memory card (GMA x1300 or whatever the heck is next) and maybe 4 gigs of ram. Please explain why you chose Yes or No.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be a great little power house wouldn't it Very Happy Though i'm not sure if i would buy it, i need a portable for A levels, so i wouldn't get far with a Mini Laughing It could solve the issue about Mac Pros being expensive, instead get a Quad Mini, a perfect solution for some people.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, because it would be an easy unassuming little beast. Like having a Honda Civic with 600bhp. Plus it would be cheaper than a Mac Pro, it also wouldn't have an integrated screen.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The phrase "Does a bear sh*t in the woods?" comes to mind. Laughing

Hell, I'll sell my C2D Mac mini if Apple just upgrades the video next time around. I really like these little boxes.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't buy one, because chances are it would be out of my price range.

I couldn't imagine a quad core mini being less than $1500 if it came out immediately. Sure in 3 years, that'll drop to $500, but right now the Quad stuff is disgustingly expensive, and requires a full desktop CPU, not a mobile like the Mini currently uses. All those things added up means one expensive mini.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we're thinking of the Intel Xeon, then yes it's going to be expensive. But Intel also make a Core 2 Quad processor, would that be cheaper?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to see some Apple systems using the Conroe chip. They would bring more performance at a lower price.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would get it, if it was affordable. For the people looking for a "Mac MiDi", heres what you were waiting for. This would probably be a big seller, but would take some shine away from the Mac Pro.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not if it cost more than current minis. I would buy a Mac Pro (preferably something in between) if I needed more. I'd rather have the expansion capabilities.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to say no, for the sole reason that my mini is in an audio system and its noise level is therefore required to be low. A quad mini would by necessity have a louder fan.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robinscruffy wrote:
If we're thinking of the Intel Xeon, then yes it's going to be expensive. But Intel also make a Core 2 Quad processor, would that be cheaper?



Yes but far to hot, the ineligant way such as this creates twice the heat due to 2No cpus.

The Native way of 1 single chip with 4 true cor's would cut the heat......


other wise the top cover would melt!!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Halfbuiltrobot wrote:
robinscruffy wrote:
If we're thinking of the Intel Xeon, then yes it's going to be expensive. But Intel also make a Core 2 Quad processor, would that be cheaper?



Yes but far to hot, the ineligant way such as this creates twice the heat due to 2No cpus.

The Native way of 1 single chip with 4 true cor's would cut the heat......


other wise the top cover would melt!!

Robin's on the money for this one. A Core 2 Quad is a single processor with four cores, just as the Xeon is. It's not as high performance as the Xeon, but it's certainly cheaper. Unfortunately, the Core 2 Quads are full sized desktop chips, not mobile processors like Apple uses in everything but the Mac Pros. A desktop chip requires more power, more cooling, and generates more heat.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be great!!! I would sell my desktop immediately to buy the Mini. ...although I hope that includes a good graphic card upgrade and possibly 2 DVI ports in the back.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd buy one for the simple fact that I am a Web Designer, and while working, I like to have music playing, several Web pages open at once, plus Adium. I need all the threads I can get. And assuming the graphics and sound cards say the same, I can't imagine it being over a grand. Although, Apple does price things a bit high, I have noticed. Oftentimes, I think one is paying hundreds more for the aesthetics and OS more than they are for the components, which I feel is ridiculous. But even still, I love Macs. I just can't help it.

I have a theory: Apple prices so high because they count on the addiction.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I would. It makes it easier to run more VMs, which I use extensively for testing.

Intel is supposed to be releasing a quad core mobile chip later this year, rumored as the QX9300 - http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/05/14/intel-updates-gaming-notebooks

The only way I can see this being possible in a mini is if an updated Mini happens to have the firmware to support these chips allowing modders to carry out their own CPU upgrades. Whatever it will be expensive, I somehow doubt you'll get much change out of $1k for the cpu - and at that price, for me, a second mini is a much better option.
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