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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject: Ars Reviews 2011 Mac mini as HTPC Reply with quote

Ars Reviews 2011 Mac mini as HTPC
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Posted by: Kenan

Ars Technica has posted a review of the new 2011 Mac mini being used as a home theater PC. This means putting it through the paces with Plex and Boxee, and talking about accessories and alternative devices for the living room. They also take a deeper look at the performance and energy efficiency of the mid-range model with AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics. So, if you're interested in using the new Mac mini as a home theater PC, you should definitely give it a read. They seem to come away pretty impressed.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Pretty cool Read!!!

Thank you!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much new, but a good read nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




curt wrote:
Not much new, but a good read nonetheless.


Agreed. It's more of an overview than a review. I expected much more from a HTPC review.

They made a mistake. Somehow they geekbenched a 2.0 GHz quad i7 mini. It doesn't exist. This should be a 2.7GHz dual core i7.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the server mac mini is a quad core 2.0Ghz and it is very fast for handbrake it scores 9500 geekbench 64 bit. may be the best 2011 mac mini to get. a server 2.0 quad is 999 add a pair of 750gb 7200hdds for 100 .

1099 add your own ram 8gb 50 bucks = ($1149) a very good machine that comes close to a 2010 quad 2.8 mac pro($2499) for geek bench
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
They made a mistake. Somehow they geekbenched a 2.0 GHz quad i7 mini. It doesn't exist. This should be a 2.7GHz dual core i7.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ez061111 wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
They made a mistake. Somehow they geekbenched a 2.0 GHz quad i7 mini. It doesn't exist. This should be a 2.7GHz dual core i7.


2.0 GHz quad i7 Mini


Thanks guys, I didn't realize the server model had a quad core. Good to know.

It would be interesting to see how the quad core i7 with the lower end video compares to the i5 with the higher end video in an actual multimedia shootout.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For most multimedia aspects, I can't see it making much of a difference.

Now if Apple did like they did with a video plugin for the nVidia cards, then there might be a difference.

Either way, both systems should be able to play straight up Bluray rips. I still don't know about if they handle the HD audio via the HDMI connection. This would be something that the AMD graphics might handle if the drivers supported bitstreaming.

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