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Apple Unveils New Mac Mini
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Show me a dual core PC-equivalant with the same form factor and whisper-quiet operation!

It may be called a Cube if someone like Sonnet comes out with an Intel processor, except that we Cubers still have a 100 mhz bus to contend with. The Cube and the Mini have many things in common (silence, small form factor), and ideally, I would want a Mac with the best features of both. From the mini - faster bus, RAM, processor, easy-access ports; from the Cube - upgradability, more RAM slots, space for a 3.5" hard drive; from both - beautiful design, small footprint.
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Fox wrote:

It may be called a Cube if someone like Sonnet comes out with an Intel processor, except that we Cubers still have a 100 mhz bus to contend with. The Cube and the Mini have many things in common (silence, small form factor), and ideally, I would want a Mac with the best features of both. From the mini - faster bus, RAM, processor, easy-access ports; from the Cube - upgradability, more RAM slots, space for a 3.5" hard drive; from both - beautiful design, small footprint.


That's what I said basically. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't think the mini is a great value anymore. That being said, I ordered the $799 model today. Laughing


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My mini is officially in the same city and on the truck for delivery! Mr. Green

"On FedEx vehicle for delivery "
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My mini is officially in the same city and on the truck for delivery! Mr. Green

"On FedEx vehicle for delivery "


Congrats! You sound like a kid on Christmas day...

Hey, you definitely need to give us a report of this little beast as soon as you get it up and running. I know we are all dying to get a sense as to how fast the new Mini's are..
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Hey, you definitely need to give us a report of this little beast as soon as you get it up and running. I know we are all dying to get a sense as to how fast the new Mini's are..


That might be a little hard to do since I'm a new Mac user, but I'll try my best. Other than those XBench scores what would be helpful to other people?
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I want FR on my Mini! Sad I buy stuff and 6th months later Apple turns around and makes me wish I had waited.
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I want FR on my Mini! Sad I buy stuff and 6th months later Apple turns around and makes me wish I had waited.


Well, in that case you can wait forever. I see it like this: I use OSX on my 1.5 mini until I reasonally know what to expect from it which can take a few years (used Windows and Linux for quite some years now) and I might buy a faster Apple (whatever kind) in the future, this might be a used G5 too.. Maybe my ideally Mac and price comes along later. I also ordered a KVM switch as there are still some things I like to do with Windows and Linux. (The latter for trying out some new Linux distro's for instance, these don't quit progressing either)...
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ack_mac wrote:

Hey, you definitely need to give us a report of this little beast as soon as you get it up and running. I know we are all dying to get a sense as to how fast the new Mini's are..


That might be a little hard to do since I'm a new Mac user, but I'll try my best. Other than those XBench scores what would be helpful to other people?


As a recent switcher, it would be great to hear your comparison from Windows to OS X. Of course it will take you some time to get used to the OS, but as you will see it is a pretty wasy transition..
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That might be a little hard to do since I'm a new Mac user


Actually I think your opinion would be extremely valuable, as it will be relatively unclouded by the Reality Distortion Field™.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just ran an Xbench test on a standard 1.66GHz Mac mini.

http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=158837

Feels pretty fast out of the box. Boot times are around 30 seconds. I should have a full review on the site next week.
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Fox wrote:
iMav wrote:
Show me a dual core PC-equivalant with the same form factor and whisper-quiet operation!

It may be called a Cube if someone like Sonnet comes out with an Intel processor, except that we Cubers still have a 100 mhz bus to contend with. The Cube and the Mini have many things in common (silence, small form factor), and ideally, I would want a Mac with the best features of both. From the mini - faster bus, RAM, processor, easy-access ports; from the Cube - upgradability, more RAM slots, space for a 3.5" hard drive; from both - beautiful design, small footprint.

That's not really the question I was asking. Smile
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Weee wrote:
ack_mac wrote:

Hey, you definitely need to give us a report of this little beast as soon as you get it up and running. I know we are all dying to get a sense as to how fast the new Mini's are..


That might be a little hard to do since I'm a new Mac user, but I'll try my best. Other than those XBench scores what would be helpful to other people?


if u hav any games i wouldnt mind seeing som frame rates to see if this integrated intel chip is any good. Wink
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if u hav any games i wouldnt mind seeing som frame rates to see if this integrated intel chip is any good. Wink


Sorry, I don't have any Mac software. I am a complete newbie. I doubt this helps, but I get 53 fps with the iTunes visualizer in full screen mode. Display is at 1280 x 1024. My biggest concern is the poor Airport reception. It seems like it is dropping out.
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Brian wrote:
I just ran an Xbench test on a standard 1.66GHz Mac mini.

http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc1=158837

Feels pretty fast out of the box. Boot times are around 30 seconds. I should have a full review on the site next week.


Waauw, my best score was around 44 (1.5 G4) Embarassed
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