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Who's waiting for Haswell Mac minis?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully soon now - it's overdue.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:23 pm    Post subject: MM Reply with quote

hornedfrog wrote:
Hopefully soon now - it's overdue.
I am anxiously awaiting it also.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh crapp I just upgraded to a new MM...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering how much difference it will make if Apple updates the Mini with the Haswell chip. I'm wanting to get a new mini, currently have a late 2009 model, and don't want to wait much longer.

Will the Haswell chip make that much difference in performance?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug wrote:
I'm wondering how much difference it will make if Apple updates the Mini with the Haswell chip. I'm wanting to get a new mini, currently have a late 2009 model, and don't want to wait much longer.

Will the Haswell chip make that much difference in performance?


I guess it depends on the user. The minute I heard about Haswell and the integration of Iris Pro I was bouncing off the walls (who wouldn't, at possibly having up to 1.2GBs of VRAM?), but in typing this response, the realities have finally hit me.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but since every part of the mini uses laptop-class parts (including the CPU), the upcoming Haswell minis w/ i5s and i7s will include Intel HD4200-5000s (for lower heat, and I'll be surprised if they DO offer Iris Pro 5100s at the very most in the high-end mini). Supposedly the CPU will grant between 6-23% performance increases, with GPU performance boosted 20%.

I'm on the Early 2009 mini model myself (using it as I type this), and as a Steam gamer I NEED a GPU performance increase (the 256MB VRAM limit has been a major pain for a while now, even with the maxed-out RAM). I'd say for us (those who were rocking with 2009 machines), we could wait for the 2014 machines (which will come with small increases as stated above), or purchase 2012 machines now. The 2012 minis have good enough speeds and while the GPU is limiting, just max out the RAM and add a SSD and they could rock harder than the upcoming 2014 machines.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I am waiting now too. My 2009 Mac mini just died over the weekend. Sad

I hope they have something bigger in store for the next update since it's lagging behind the Haswell roadmap.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haswell is fine, but we really need TB 2 for 4K support. Which leapfrogs the other Macs no with Haswell. And makes total sense with the Mac mini being a desktop computer. I mean, this is the year of 4K displays. Just look what is coming out of CES.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grasshopper wrote:
Haswell is fine, but we really need TB 2 for 4K support. Which leapfrogs the other Macs no with Haswell. And makes total sense with the Mac mini being a desktop computer. I mean, this is the year of 4K displays. Just look what is coming out of CES.

Yes, yes, yes!!!!

There were some surprise announcements at CES underneath the 1000 price tag. Like from Lenovo ($799), Dell ($699), and Asus ($799). Even though the one from Dell only runs at 30hz and uses a TN panel. I also hope Apple gets one out to replace the current Thunderbolt display. I kinda doubt they will match those price points though. They probably won't even match the price of the current Thunderbolt display.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having bought a new 2.3 GHz quad core Mac Mini yesterday, I'm not waiting. I needed a small box with a decent CPU performance/price ratio, and given that metric the new Mac Pro just doesn't work for me. I don't do gaming, so I can live with the current Mac Mini's less than stellar graphics performance. For a monitor, I'm satisfied with my 24" US$200 Vizio 1080p HDTV driven by an HDMI connection.

The next Mac Mini, whenever it might arrive, will likely not be much different compared with the current model. There could be some improvement with the vampire video along with a second Thunderbolt port, but not much else.

Some things could disappear, like the FireWire port which I use occasionally. It's conceivable that the line will no longer have a disk option, having only solid state drives instead.
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