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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mdgm wrote:
I'm very pleased with the spec bump.

I would be interested to see some benchmark tests, specifically how does the new 2.53Ghz with 4GB RAM compare with 2.0Ghz 4GB RAM (what I have at the moment).


Yeah I may be stuck with mine. I sold my Xbox 360 and games to get the 2009 mac mini in March. I may have to wait next month possibly see if I can get it for Christmas! I'm thinking of the Mac mini servers and use them as a Media Servers with Western Digital External Hard Drive 4TB. I really want a Quad 2.8GHz iMac top priority 16GB DDR3 plus Canon just released EOS 1D Mark IV today also! Using the Canon's 1D Mark IV HD Video and Final Cut Studio to edit on a Intel Quad iMac. Today is just too good! One more thing now seeing their lineup today that means the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro next year is going top be really good lineup! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saul wrote:
philiparcario wrote:
I ordered the 2.26 base model with a 2.53 cpu.

750 plus tax = 802.50 after rebates and discounts I paid about 665.


Could you share the secrets of how to get the rebates and discounts? I'm itching to order but saving some dough would be great! Very Happy


join bing dot com they discount ebay 8% look for 500 dollar buy it now apple gift cards on ebay sellers list them from 450 to 485. you get another 8% off. so a 500 dollar card can cost 414(rare) more likely 440 to 460 here is a 500 dollar card for 480 with an 8% bing dot com discount it would be 441.60



http://cgi.ebay.com/500-Apple-Gift-Card_W0QQitemZ390108419619QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Gift_Certificates?hash=item5ad4461623#ht_500wt_789


this takes you to bing click on ebay and see the 8% banner

http://www.bing.com/search?q=mac+mini&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n

there are a lot of rules for the discount but it is legit best of all microsoft pays you the money
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

longtme ebayer and cashback user. but why are all the bin sellers asking more than the gift cards are worth? are itunes cards useable at apple.com? not sure if I trust spending this much for gift cards at ebay. hmm.
I liked bing better at 14%! when I got $108 back on a Mini/ kb/mouse/hard drive combo deal.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a $250 difference between the two models here in Oz:
$849 ($783.7 usd) and $1049 ($1014.4 usd)

I don't get how ours are sooo much freakin more expensive...
If US RRPricing was followed, after the dollar conversion & even with GST factored-in, they should be more like: $714.4 & $952.6.

I don't see how they can justify charging users in Oceania $134.6 & $96.4 extra respectively.
With this sort of pricing would you still consider the 2.53 version a the better buy?

philiparcario wrote:
yes it used to be a real bargain to buy base model with the better cpu. with the old mini(March 2009) you saved over 150 buying base with just the cpu.

now the 2.53 is 799 only 49 dollars more but you get 4gb ram and a 320gb hdd. If i did not have parts waiting I may have spent the extra 50 bucks and let them do it. 799 for 2.53ghz 320gb hdd and 4gb ram is a good deal.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jalyst wrote:

I don't see how they can justify charging users in Oceania $134.6 & $96.4 extra respectively.
With this sort of pricing would you still consider the 2.53 version a the better buy?


Apple doesn't just use the current exchange rate at time of model release. They rip us off when the AUDs improved in order to protect their product margins in case the AUD changes to go back the other way.

I'd still reckon the 2.53Ghz is the better buy. By the time you start speccing up the base model, the pricing of the 2.53Ghz model is very attractive.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aw shite they solder them in now?!
How freakin gay, don't be so lame Apple!

philiparcario wrote:
last time the cpu was soldered and/or glued in. A 2.53 should be pretty quick.

they missed the boat with the 2.66 pricing 150 more for only .13ghz more power.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasn't there supposedly an improved wireless keyboard too?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
join bing dot com they discount ebay 8% look for 500 dollar buy it now apple gift cards on ebay sellers list them from 450 to 485. you get another 8% off. so a 500 dollar card can cost 414(rare) more likely 440 to 460 here is a 500 dollar card for 480 with an 8% bing dot com discount it would be 441.60


For the majority of US buyers, this is a wash due to sales tax. In other words, if you are dead-set on ordering from Apple, this may be a good way to (roughly) save/cover the sales tax. You may be better off purchasing elsewhere if lowest total cost is the priority and skip the hassle. It should also be pointed out that you may not see the bing cashback savings/refund for around three months.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah but this early in the game you're hard pressed finding apple resellers that can undercut apple store prices, maybe later down the track....
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so the lower end model w/2gb only has one of two sodimms populated correct?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jalyst wrote:
wasn't there supposedly an improved wireless keyboard too?


Yessir. Same thing, one battery less (a total of 2 instead of 3), supposedly longer battery life.Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shito wrote:
philiparcario wrote:


they missed the boat with the 2.66 pricing 150 more for only .13ghz more power.


That's what I was thinking myself. Also, with a 4GB *max* of RAM and a 5400rpm drive will that small amount of extra processing speed do any difference? Or, are there some other tech bits I'm not aware of?

Finally, what 'bout the drive? Apart from extra storage space, do you think the 500GB may perform better than the 320GB for any given technical reason?


Bump for Phil. Smile

Mate, what do you think about the two drives? Smile

Also, just noticed now, the 2.66 chip is supposed to sports 6MB of cache according to Intel charts, yet Apple is reporting the same 3MB of others... isn't it strange?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah just noticed on the us site, wasn't properly updated yet on Oz site.

Shito wrote:
jalyst wrote:
wasn't there supposedly an improved wireless keyboard too?


Yessir. Same thing, one battery less (a total of 2 instead of 3), supposedly longer battery life.Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll answer myself, correct. Laughing

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so the lower end model w/2gb only has one of two sodimms populated correct?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shito wrote:
Shito wrote:
philiparcario wrote:


they missed the boat with the 2.66 pricing 150 more for only .13ghz more power.


That's what I was thinking myself. Also, with a 4GB *max* of RAM and a 5400rpm drive will that small amount of extra processing speed do any difference? Or, are there some other tech bits I'm not aware of?

Finally, what 'bout the drive? Apart from extra storage space, do you think the 500GB may perform better than the 320GB for any given technical reason?


Bump for Phil. Smile

Whoa is the 2.66GHz Core duo 2 has 6MB L2 Cache or what?

Mate, what do you think about the two drives? Smile

Also, just noticed now, the 2.66 chip is supposed to sports 6MB of cache according to Intel charts, yet Apple is reporting the same 3MB of others... isn't it strange?

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