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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are here! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In fact the prices have gone up on all the updated Macs....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you 'compare' it to the other models on the bottom half of the screen, it says the vid memory is capped at 128 on the low model whereas the $799 model has 256. Then if you go to the gallery, it shows a FW 800.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably possible that the VRAM increases with the amount of RAM installed. The 1GB model has 128MB VRAM and the 2GB model has 256MB VRAM. I would imagine there's no other differences between the two boards.

I used to hate shared memory, but that was back in the day when computers only had 128 or 256MB of RAM to begin with. Is this still a valid hatred today?

Also:

Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video via adapters.7

Connects to up to two external displays with digital resolution up to 2560 by 1600 via Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter or 1920x1200 via Mini DisplayPort, Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter, or Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. Analog resolution (VGA) up to 2048 by 1536 using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter or Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cingularpat wrote:
It's probably possible that the VRAM increases with the amount of RAM installed. The 1GB model has 128MB VRAM and the 2GB model has 256MB VRAM. I would imagine there's no other differences between the two boards.

Your right there will be no difference between the two logic boards but Apple will have placed an artificial restriction on the cheaper model.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new Mac Mini: perfect, just perfect!

I'm getting one (and I'm changing my sig!)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but the really important thing ... is the superdrive pata or sata?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, the news has broken:
http://www.apple.com/macmini/features.html
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini?mco=MTE3MDI

from $600 to $800.

Not exactly cheaper, but we get dual head support, although the proprietary adapter - sold separately - cost an arm and a leg, and those of us that have VGA-only screens will need to buy an adapter for them too.

Well am I excited? Not really.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a lot to like and a bit not to like about the new mini.

I like the 1066Mhz DDR3, dual video ports, superdrive, FW800, 802.11n, 5 USB ports a 120GB drive standard.

I don't like that they give up just 1GB of ram on the lower end model. At least it has just one stick meaning it would be easy to upgrade it but still, 1GB these days seems a bit cheap.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cingularpat wrote:
Also:

Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video via adapters.

Careful, everybody.

There are two flavours of adapter for the mini-DVI socket: VGA and DVI-I. So pick the connection that matches your display, and off you go.

However, it appears that the adapters for the Mini DisplayPort are VGA and DVI-D. Great if you've got an Apple Cinema Display, but I don't think that this will link to the average 2 year old screen with a "DVI" connector on the back...
http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB570Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MzE3MTA1NA

So this new Mini looks like it will be offering connections to your two monitors of either DVI-I & DVI-D or DVI-I & VGA. But not DVI-I & DVI-I. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 Questions

-NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
Can this be installed to the previous model? (I have the older 2.0 mini)
Will this now allow for better game play with more games?

-4GB SDRAM
I have 4GB in my mini currently but only 3GB are recognized...how does one get all 4 recognized like the new model?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This footnote clarifies how much video memory will be used on the new mini

Memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 128MB for 1GB configuration and 256MB for 2GB configuration.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, they're finally here. And we didn't lose FW, we got nVidia, we gained a USB port, SuperDrive on the low-end, and supports up to 4GB. Oh, and 802.11n (not that I care personally since I use wired connections for desktop computers).

Sucks about the new prices though, although I suppose I'm lucky because even if the prices went up in Canada it's still under the exchange rate.

Another bonus: it's still the same 6.5x6.5x2.0" box, so all my Mac mini mounts are still up-to-date. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How come the spec page says 2.0GHz or 2.26GHz? The store just shows 2.0GHz for both models. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texark wrote:
How come the spec page says 2.0GHz or 2.26GHz? The store just shows 2.0GHz for both models. Confused

I think it's a build-to-order option, like buying a Mini with extra memory installed.
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