Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 22:59 UTC
Apple Two articles about the Intel Mac Mini: "As a fan of faster computers from Apple, I'm heartened by this week's release of an Intel-based Mac mini. In fact, with the SPECint_rate_base2000 benchmark indicating speeds of up to four times faster than the Mac mini G4, this new crop of minis sounds just about perfect. I say 'just about', because of one particular issue." And secondly, "Our first Intel-based Mac minis have arrived, straight from the Apple Store, and what was the first thing the cold, cruel alien intellects at Macworld did with one of these innocents? That's right. We got out our putty knife, popped it open, and spilled its guts out." Here are some XBench tests between an Intel and a G4 Mac Mini.
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"People aren't buying Mac Minis to play games."

Hmmm ... well if the minis could play games in a decent way (just like the old ones somewhat could) people would opt for that cause it would be the cheapest thing to do. Now they have to opt for higher-end macs and price might get in their way. I have played games in previous (G4) minis and it wasn't a bad experience at all. Now that the demands in hardware are getting more and more on the behalf of game-vendors, I can't see how the mini can keep up (in six months/one year). Even if CoreDuo gave some advantage to the new minis (20%/40%) over the G4 ones, that advantage is blown in the wind with the integrated graphics controller.

Edited 2006-03-03 12:46

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