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Mac mini: 1.42GHz G4 vs. 1.66GHz Core Duo
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fox, I take it you will be in Northern Virginia? We have several Apple Stores here (Tyson's Corner, Arlington)..

Will you mostly be using universal apps, or will you need to use Rosetta? ...

Near Richmond; I saw that they have a store at the Short Pump Town Center. Looks convenient to get to; I thought I'd stop in and try out their Minis. Unfortunately, I would be depending on Rosetta for most of my Apps; MS Office, JMP (stats program), and Deltagraph (charting program). I'm assuming I would find Office on the Minis in the Apple Store, so I could at least get to try a few things with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I would not expect a boost in these programs with a new Mini, but I'm looking more towards the future.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At last, the G4, 1.5 is benchmarked comparing to the Intel Dual Core mini, HERE Click on "Check out the Apple Mac mini Intel's test results ."
Still happy with my G4, 1.5 Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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At last, the G4, 1.5 is benchmarked comparing to the Intel Dual Core mini, HERE Click on "Check out the Apple Mac mini Intel's test results ."
Still happy with my G4, 1.5 Laughing


Ditto there. I also have 1GB of RAM and boot off a faster external hard drive... Seems like the old stealth Mini isn't so bad after all...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ditto there. I also have 1GB of RAM and boot off a faster external hard drive... Seems like the old stealth Mini isn't so bad after all...


I don't even boot off a FW drive and am satisfied, maybe a 100/120 GB ATA 2'5 7200 drive in the future...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: cool...just got another 1.5 g4 Reply with quote

glad to read the g4 silent bump compares well. I just picked up the last g4 at Fry's (returned by someone!) for $525 w/ the superdrive and vidmem/proc upgrade Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case you had a pretty good deal!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Mini 1.42 vs Core Duo 1.66 (vs iMac 1.83) Reply with quote

Thanks much for the bench comparo.

Just to make sure I get it...Am I likely to see significantly reduced time using iMovie to render movies if I move up to the Core Duo 1.66? I do not need a new monitor, but would there be a significantly greater advantage in moving to a new iMac Core Duo 1.83 (17")?

Finally, a little item...is the Intel noisier than the old G4 unit?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The intel iMac is essentially silent if that helps. Only DVDs make any noise - the fans haven't come on even once in 2 months of ownership.

I don't think you'll see much performance difference from 1.83 vs 1.66Ghz.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: 1.42 vs Core Duo on iMovie Reply with quote

Thanks...Do you think the performance difference from the old MIni 1.42 G4 to the Core Duo 1.66 in iMovie will be substantial?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See the Mac Mini G4 vs Intel Benchmarks here.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:53 am    Post subject: Re: 1.42 vs Core Duo on iMovie Reply with quote

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Thanks...Do you think the performance difference from the old MIni 1.42 G4 to the Core Duo 1.66 in iMovie will be substantial?
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Not quite answering your question but from what I've read although the iMM may be faster in tasks such as rendeing the killer component appears to be RAM and the more of it the batter. Moe's MacWorld link suggests the iMM is quite a bit faster than the PPC for iMovie around 40%ish
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it's quite a bit better than that...

2:02/1:15 = 2.033/1.25 = 1.63 or 163% as fast (63% faster) on iMovie aged filter (does the same job in 61.5% of the time)

But where the Core Duo really ruled was rendering with Cinema 4D XL
4:28/1:26 = 4.466/1.433 = 3.11 or 311% as fast (does the same job in 32% of the time)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: speeding up a mac mini? Reply with quote

I need suggestions for speeding up a G4 Mac mini, it is slower than hell, granted it only has 512MB of RAM, any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:21 pm    Post subject: Re: speeding up a mac mini? Reply with quote

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I need suggestions for speeding up a G4 Mac mini, it is slower than hell, granted it only has 512MB of RAM, any suggestions?


RAM is the only thing that will boost that model, unless you want to switch to an external 7200RPM FireWire drive and boot from it.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Re: speeding up a mac mini? Reply with quote

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I need suggestions for speeding up a G4 Mac mini, it is slower than hell, granted it only has 512MB of RAM, any suggestions?


RAM is the only thing that will boost that model, unless you want to switch to an external 7200RPM FireWire drive and boot from it.


I think most of the original 1.42GHz Mac minis shipped with 4200RPM hard drives, so upgrading to a 7200RPM drive will definitely give you some more zip. Upgrading to 1GB of RAM is a given. You should also think about selling the G4 and putting that money towards the new $599 mini. The RAM and better hard drive for the G4 may set you back somewhere around $200. It might be wiser to put that $200 towards an Intel Mac mini.
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