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Mac mini clone uses Intel Atom processor

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2008

Ripple's newest Mini clone

Korean OEM manufacturer Ripple has introduced an updated version of its Mac Mini clone using a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor in the Mini-ITX form factor. The Ripple Mini Chocolate uses the 45nm i945GC-Northbridge and ICH7Ssouthbridge chipsets, and supports up to 2GB of RAM. Intel specs show the low-cost motherboard with 2 USB ports, a pair of 3.0GBs SATA conntectors and single IDE socket.

The Ripple Mini Chocolate measures just 15mm X 210mm X 80mm, compared to 50mm X 165mm X 165mm for the Mac Mini. The Chocolate comes in three colors, and since it's a barebone system, users have to supply their own optical and hard drives. The machine is only available in the Korean market for around $200.




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  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +5

    clone?

    This is a bare-bones mini PC. It doesn't run OSX. So how exactly is it a mac clone? Have MacNN changed the definition and not told the rest of us?

  1. howiethemacguy

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    +3

    looks like c***

    One thing Apple does very well is that they avoid excessive labeling of their computers. These things would look a lot better without that tacky label on the front. Have you noticed lately how many stupid stickers and labels are on a typical PC laptop or desktop? Notice that Macs don't have an "Intel inside" label.

  1. TomSawyer

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +1

    OS in firmware?

    If not then let me get this straight...it's a small ugly box that when you purchase and install an OS, hard drive, and optical drive becomes a PC. Hmmm...think I'll race out to make contact with the Korean black market and try to sneak these over here...people will be clamoring to get one. NOT!

  1. guzzi

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    Joined: Jun 2006

    +2

    Wrong Headline

    Should be " Mac Mini look-a-like" not "clone". $200 box that runs Windows or linux. Come on MACNN / eletronista please stop with these headlines that tries to suck you in.....Wait, it worked!

  1. manleycreative

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    Joined: Sep 2005

    +1

    Boink!

    Ripple? Aptly named as "...in a pond"

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    +1

    Size...

    I think you made a mistake in the dimensions of this unit. I doubt that it's 15mm X 210mm X 80mm. 15mm is 1.5 centimeters, which is just a smidgen over 0.5". The Ripple doesn't look like it's half an inch high, wide or deep.

    Also, if you look at the black unit the "ri" kind of looks like an A, which at a glance makes "ripple" look like "Apple". Hmmmm...

    On a more positive note it does look like it's easier to open than the Apple Mini.

  1. lockhartt

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    Joined: Apr 2000

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    something is amiss

    There is no way the stated dimensions for this unit are correct as stated - "15mm X 210mm X 80mm"

    This unit, based solely on the size of the optical drive slot, is clearly larger in every dimension than the Mac mini. It also clearly not 15mm in ANY dimension and roughly square in two dimension (which is not reflected by these numbers).

    Other than some REALLY basic and rough similarities in the case shape, this unit has absolutely nothing in common with the mini.

    mini wannabe, maybe... mini clone, hardly.

  1. Greguar

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    Joined: Jul 2008

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    Fact Checking?

    Regarding the dimensions, they parroted the same error made in the referenced story on AVING. The actual size, shown on the manufacturer's web site, is 215x210x80mm, which is somewhat larger in every dimension than the Mac Mini.

    http://www.myripple.co.kr/product/ripplechocoletred.asp

    15x210x80mm would be a suitable size for a large chocolate bar, but certainly not a near-square cuboid chocolate-named computer case. Perhaps it might be a good idea to check the real source when the geometry definitely doesn't match the picture?

  1. Greguar

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    Joined: Jul 2008

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    Fact Checking?

    Regarding the dimensions, they parroted the same error made in the referenced story on AVING. The actual size, shown on the manufacturer's web site, is 215x210x80mm, which is somewhat larger in every dimension than the Mac Mini.

    15x210x80mm would be a suitable size for a large chocolate bar, but certainly not a near-square cuboid chocolate-named computer case. Perhaps it might be a good idea to check the real source when the geometry definitely doesn't match the picture?

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