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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:43 pm    Post subject: Macworld Benchmarks 2.7GHz Core i7 Mac mini with SSD Reply with quote

Macworld Benchmarks 2.7GHz Core i7 Mac mini with SSD
Monday, August 29, 2011
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Macworld posted a new article today showing the performance of a BTO Mac mini with a 2.7GHz Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD. Needless to say, this machine did quite well in their series of testing. It outperformed the two base models of the 2011 Mac mini by a significant margin in just about every test. It even smoked past the entry-level 21.5" iMac in tests depending on hard drive performance. This boost in performance doesn't come cheap though. The BTO Mac mini prices out at $1499, which is $700 more than the base 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini and $300 more than the entry-level 21.5" iMac. That isn't exactly a value proposition for most people, but it's still fun to see how they compare. So, head on over to Macworld for all the details.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those benchmarks do prove that the 2.7ghz Mac Mini is a speedy beast, but it does much more to prove that an SSD makes a huge difference in performance. It is obvious that if you go the do it yourself route you can get that performance at a fraction of the price. Apple SSDs are horribly overpriced. Also, you do not have to get such a large SSD to get that kind of a performance punch. You can do the same with a 120gb SSD for much less.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, but I hope Apple goes with a quad-core i7 and ATI graphics in the next round of updates. Then I will pop a 6G SSD in there from OWC or Crucial for a hundred or so dollars less than Apple. That should make for a nice little system around the $1000 mark.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to upgrade my server to dual solid state drives as soon as I save up enough money. It's going to be great! Not that it stinks now, but they just take it to the next level.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, this story got me thinking that it is going to be really nice to upgrade to a high capacity SSD when the prices come down and I want to see a big speed bump. Right now the 120gb SSD drives are what I consider affordable. How long will it be before a 500gb SSD will be as affordable? I don't really know the answer to that, but if it doesn't happen in five years I will be surprised.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am Yisrael Chai! wrote:
You know, this story got me thinking that it is going to be really nice to upgrade to a high capacity SSD when the prices come down and I want to see a big speed bump. Right now the 120gb SSD drives are what I consider affordable. How long will it be before a 500gb SSD will be as affordable? I don't really know the answer to that, but if it doesn't happen in five years I will be surprised.

I was really hoping for more cuts this summer, but prices have sort of leveled off. At least when it comes to 240GB and above drives.
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