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Apple updates Mac mini with GeForce 9400M, more

updated 09:20 am EST, Tue March 3, 2009

New Mac mini ships

Otherwise unchanged since August of 2007, Apple has at last released an update to the Mac mini, its lowest-priced and most compact desktop Mac. The two new versions of the computer use updated 2GHz Core 2 Duo processors, but primarily benefit in a switch from Intel integrated graphics to NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M chipset, the same used in modern unibody MacBooks. Graphics functions are said to be five times faster than before; nevertheless, the computer uses less than 13W of power when idle, which is said to make it the most energy-efficient desktop available.

The computer can additionally handle two displays through a combination of DVI and Mini DisplayPort connections, and hook up one FireWire 800 device alongside five using USB 2.0. Netwoking technologies include Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet and AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi. Apple has additionally abandoned combo drives, equipping all Minis with an 8x SuperDrive that supports DVD burning.

The $599 base version of the computer is distinguished through a 120GB, 5400rpm hard drive, and the use of 1GB of DDR3 RAM, expandable to 4GB. The $799 Mini is equipped with 2GB of RAM by default, and doubles permanent storage to 320GB. Further upgrade options include the choice of a 2.26GHz processor, and 80, 250 or 320GB hard drives.

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  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002


    Time to order

    I'll probably have one on order before lunchtime.

  1. NDBounce

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    Joined: Feb 2000



    Is this machine overpriceed/underpowered when compared to other Macs?

  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    Do these models have

    socketed processors or are the processors soldered to the board? Now if they could be upgraded by a simple processor replacement, they'd definitely have a future in my home. A 2.4 GHz model would have been perfect.

    Still, I think that Apple did a good job with this version MacMini by adding the boosted graphics. I could buy one of these to replace my aging G4 FW800 dualie for home media sharing. I definitely like the energy efficiency of this MacMini.

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  1. IxOsX

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    Media Center


    Ok! I know we can use a cable DVI to HDMI... But... :-/

    And for the blueray player well ... I like to dream ... :-) Still have to use PS3 for that.

    Looks that MacMini had great upgrade improvements, with some setup could be a great media center. But I do not know if I am conviced... Maybe yes Maybe no... Give me some feedback and opinions please.

    For having a Mac Computer is the best solution for the cheapest price, if you have already a monitor and keyboard... :-)

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  1. testudo

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    This has to be a fake! The report yesterday said the 24th!

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  1. testudo

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    This blows! I just bought a new mini like 16 months ago, and now they go off and change it! It's unfair, I say, unfair!

    And miniDiplayPort AND mini DVI still makes no sense. Is Apple moving forward or not?

  1. dynsight

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    Joined: May 2005


    Fine for Media

    I have an older Mac Mini (which I will soon replace) and use it as a media hub. Great for streaming music, looking at photos, watching DVD's (and movies I have handbraked).

    In addition, you can watch streamed netflix movies through your browser in full screen mode.

    Very good media center.

  1. ggirton

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    just like a macbook pro

    Wow this is just like a macbook pro w/o the screen or the expresscard, and with an extra video out. And with TWO extra USB ports, one for mic and one for keyboard ... unless you have bluetooth.

    Nice to see a little computer with a lot of headroom.

  1. rbsandka

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    re: miniDiplayPort AND mi

    It makes sense to have two video ports, because … the new graphics support two displays.

    If Apple opted for one port, everyone would be complaining about how the graphics support two displays, but Apple has crippled the hardware by only putting one port on it.

    It makes sense to use "mini" ports, because … unless they redesigned the case, they can't fit two full-size ports of any flavor.

    If Apple opted for one full-size port, everyone would be complaining about how the graphics support two displays, but Apple has crippled the hardware by only putting one port on it. And, everyone would either complain that it is a DVI port, and not a DisplayPort; or vice-versa.

    It makes sense to have one of each port, because … it allows Apple to move forward with the new standard, while providing support for an older standard.

    Apple did this on graphics cards in earlier G5s, with an Apple Display Connector and a DVI port. This was because although they were moving away from ADC, they new that there would be a period of transition. It was only towards the end of the G5s that we started seeing graphics cards with two DVI ports.

    The downside of course is the need for an adapter to do anything. But, this is pretty much normal operating procedure for Apple hardware these days. And the need for an adapter is of course offset by the ability to plug in two displays; which you simply could not do if they had used a full-size port.

    It all seems pretty straightforward and logical to me. You may of course find otherwise.


  1. GORDYmac

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    Joined: Dec 1999


    Already ordered mine...

    Finally retiring my 2002 Quicksilver G4--ebay, here it comes...

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