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Worth to buy a mac mini?

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Snawman Calculating status...
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Apr 14, 2006 11:20 PM
I am thinking to buy a new mac mini intel duo to replace my Power G5 since I have 50% of time to use windows applications and 50% to enjoying using mac os x for sound and video editing.

Can anyone tell me how the mac mini intel performs?
Is boot camp stable?

Power Mac G5   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Pos Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2006 12:49 AM (in response to Snawman)
    Hi Snawman,

    Personally, I feel that you would be making a big mistake switching from your G5 to the Mac Mini right now, purely down to the fact that you mentioned video editing. The mini itself is an extremely fast and reliable little computer but it is let down simply, by its poor Integrated Graphics Chip by Intel. The latest Benchmarks prove that the 32MB ATI 9200 Graphics Processor used in the G4 minis showed far better performance than the current memory sharing GPU in the intel minis.

    On the other hand I can see the Mac Mini flooding your creative life with potential. You will be able to enjoy listening to and creating music, watching DVD's, and creating your own movies to some extent in iMovieHD. The only downside of course being that the graphics aren't up to scratch.

    Hope that I may have been of help
    -Pos
     MINI | 1.42 G4 | 512MB RAM | 80GB HDD | 32MB ATI 9200 | ACER 17" | IPOD NANO, OS X 10.4.6
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    Apr 15, 2006 4:09 AM (in response to Snawman)
    I too feel that if I had a G5 i wouldn't downgrade to a mac mini.

    But on the flip side, the mac mini as a space saving option that is tremendously upgraded in ethernet, usb and its internal capabilities such as the processor speed, frontside bus and memory speed, do a comparison against the old G4 mini.

    I don't really agree with this integrated graphics nonsense flying around. Because if you play stuff like doom 3 you would silly to buy a mini.

    I have a high end pc for games, and I have just bought a mini for everything else like browsing, email and word processing.

    I use the mac online as I was tired of all pop ups and viruses that the windows was getting.
    emac, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Michael Flynn Level 4 Level 4 (3,490 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 4:47 AM (in response to Snawman)
    I own a G5 PowerMac (2.0GHz). For me the PM is more powerful and can do more. The video card (ATI x800xt) blows the doors off of the mini's. The PM can run aperture and the mini cannot. I use photoshop also and at the moment there is no UB version of PS, so that slows down PS even more on the mini.

    Basically the PM is my production machine, and the mini is my sandbox, plaything, print server and windows box.

    Now like you needed to use windows and a second mac worked into my needs so it was a no brainer to supplement my pm with the mini. I love the design of the mini and it is a great compuer. It cannot replace my pm but it increases my effeciency and allows me not to have a pc on my desk.

    I have all of my printers hooked up to the mini and I share them out to my home network thanks to bonjour.
    Mini G5 PowerMac G4 PowerBook Mac SE, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • alpaca saliva Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2006 5:20 AM (in response to Snawman)
    how do I solve the problem of keeping two monitors, two keybroads and two mouse etc.?

    Just get a KVM switch box. I still haven't bought one but there are plenty on the net and I'm sure someone here could recommend a model.

    This is the one I plan on purchasing and it comes out sometime in April.
    http://www.belkin.com/flip/
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.3.9), 1.42 GHz PowerPc G4 256 MB DDR SDRAM 80GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive iPod Shuffle
  • -MacMini- Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 11:09 AM (in response to Snawman)
    if you need to use both operating systems, i would get the imac because macworld still hasn't been able to use boot camp on the mini
    Dell Demension 4600...1.5 GHz Solo Core Mac Mini 512 RAM as of May 20, 2006, Windows XP
  • Seedling Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2006 12:21 PM (in response to -MacMini-)
    What do you mean macworld can't use bootcamp on the mini? I use it on my mini and it works perfectly.

    -Seed
    Mac Mini Intel Solo, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 7200RPM Seagate, Dual SuperStackv2s in RAID 0, Black Nano, 128k Foot Stool
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    Apr 15, 2006 1:08 PM (in response to Snawman)
    For the two monitor, mouse, and keyboard, the solution is definitely to go with KVM switch box. As far as boot camp being stable, it runs perfectly on my mac mini and imac. As far as downgrading to a mac mini, no way. I would wait for a little bit longer, because we will eventually see a new comparable product to the power mac g5, running under the intel platform from Apple.
    imac g5, Mac OS X (10.4.5), none
  • Michael Flynn Level 4 Level 4 (3,490 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 3:57 PM (in response to -MacMini-)
    because macworld still hasn't been able to use boot camp on the mini


    Macworld may not be able too, but I installed boot camp and configured boot camp no problem, it loaded XP pro sp2 and I'm able to dual boot into either environment.

    I've also read that I'm basically in the majority (based upon reading threads at macworld, macnn, 123mini etc)

    I think there are those who having issues but I would also surmise that some people using iMac also having issues.


    Mike
    Mini G5 PowerMac G4 PowerBook Mac SE, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • -MacMini- Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 4:09 PM (in response to Seedling)
    i than i guess i was wrong. i was reading the review by macworld on bootcamp and they said they were not able to use boot camp on it. maybe they had a defective unit
    Dell Demension 4600...1.5 GHz Solo Core Mac Mini 512 RAM as of May 20, 2006, Windows XP
  • D.Berk Level 3 Level 3 (995 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 7:16 PM (in response to -MacMini-)
    I read it too. That guy Chris Breen had problems. Better video in the Mac mini would sell millions for Apple. I'll take 2.
    PowerMac G5 1.8 SP & PB 15 G4 1.5, MBP 1.83, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • Aron Nelson Calculating status...
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    Apr 16, 2006 12:03 AM (in response to Snawman)
    I guess I will take the other side. I think the Dual Core Mac Mini probably has way more potential than the single G5. Note I said potential and right away, being able to run XP at FAST speeds is a plus. It is already being reported that Final Cut Pro works on the Mini, so even though Motion may not run, FCP does. I suspect that the Dual Core mini will become even more enpowered as time goes on.
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  • Corey Arakaki Calculating status...
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    Apr 16, 2006 3:10 AM (in response to -MacMini-)
    For beta software, Boot Camp runs pretty **** good. Macworld must have had a defective unit, as I was able to take my academic copy of Windows XP (no service pack at all), slipstream SP2 into it using nLite (www.nliteos.com), and burn a copy of the slipstreamed ISO on my hard drive using Nero burning ROM. Now I have one box that does everything.
    14.1 iBook G4 1 GHz, 60 GB, 640 MB, APX; Mac Mini Core Duo, 1 GB, 80 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 4 GB iPod Nano (Black)
  • Will : Hi ! Level 5 Level 5 (4,305 points)
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    Apr 16, 2006 5:21 AM (in response to -MacMini-)
    nanofreak, I think I read something on Macworld that some guy named Rob something had a lot of trouble installing XP on his Mini using a third-party hack. Maybe that's what you're referring to ?
    Mac mini1.25 Ghz G41 GB RAM40 GB HDDAirPort Extreme, Mac OS X (10.4.6), External 250 GB LaCie HDDLaCie FW DVD-RW DL 16x20 GB iPod w/Color Display

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