07.08.07: and another thing…

Something on a Mac Special Event not said a word. There was not even a press release in which it announced about the update of the whole model range – nothing. Only when an online store has returned to normal operation, in the gallery of novelties was another Mac…

Mac mini, Mac economy class, very popular with students, geeks and startups. Element mini-clusters (even with the Mac mini G4 this direction has been very popular – due to its size), the successful competitor to Apple TV (wrote about it a lot). Lagging behind other Macs in development, the Mac mini was incredibly popular – and met at every step, in the most incredible role.

The processor in the Mac mini, until 2009, were inserted into the ZIF connector to which you can easily insert something else, more powerful and “hot” modification easily withstood these abuses.

Data on sales of specific product lines Apple has not published never. Mac mini sold and off – otherwise they would not have survived to the present day.

The update of the model range Mac mini is not impressed by novelty: in the tiny buildings on the place now the Intel Core Duo was Intel Core 2 Duo, clock speed of processors has increased, the increased amount of hard disk drives. The smallest Mac in the world was 64-bit, but in this he was not the first.

This is the fifth part of a series about the Mac mini, previous here:

The first part: Major debut 2005: headless Mac;
Second part: In not listed (Mac mini Late 2005);
Part three: Mac mini, Solo and Duo.
The fourth part: Mac mini: the secret ad….

Mac mini Core 2 Duo

The same, “outdated” chipset, with a clock frequency of frontal system bus in 667 MHz.

Integrated graphics (Intel GMA 950) using, for lack of its own video memory, 64 (actually 80 to 224) total Megabytes of RAM, which it called “video vampire”.

Because of the peculiarities of the chipset, the computer “saw” only 3 GB of RAM, although the memory Bank was two connectors, each of which could accommodate 2 Gigabytes.

Independent tests have shown that when the amount of RAM in a 4 GB system (Tiger and Leopard) only saw 3, but resource hungry applications, the presence of an extra Gigabyte of increased productivity.

Apple (and Intel) recommend to set to the connectors of the Bank chips with the same size of memory or decrease the performance. Checked and it is: reduced to a couple of percent. But the gain from a larger amount of memory exceeds these losses.

In other model series Macs these problems are just gone.

Type of RAM – PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz). In the basic configuration, all the options included 1 Gigabyte of RAM (both slots were occupied).

Online store RAM can be increased up to 2 Gigabytes.

Interface hard disks with a SATA speed of 1.5 GB/s interface optical drive – UltraATA/100.

Integrated graphics is not happy, but copes with full-time tasks, supporting VGA monitors with a resolution of up to 1920×1080 and DVI monitor resolutions up to 1920×1200. Connector S-Video enabled video output on the screen of most television sets.


Options MacMini2,1 – two, for $ 599. c “mobile” processor Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz (T5600), with the second level cache is 2 MB and for $ 799, with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (T7200) with the second level cache to 4 MB.

In basic configuration variant for $ 599 – hard disk of 80 GB (5 400 rpm), and 8x Combo (see “optical disc Drives”). Options – drives in 120 and 160 GB (both 5 400 rpm).

In the 32-bit benchmarks Geekbench 2 scored 2433 points, in 64-bit 2724.

In the version for 799 $ in the basic configuration consisted of a 120-Gigabyte drive (5 400 rpm) and “6x DL SuperDrive” (see “optical disc Drives”). Options – drive capacity of 160 GB (5 400 rpm).

In the 32-bit tests option 2 scored 652 points, in 64-bit – 2 946.

According to observers, the differences in the configuration options MacMini2,1 is not drawn to $ 200 – but… to turn the option for $ 599 in a version for 799 would have to be:

— choose in the online store disk 120 GB (paying $ 75);
— remove and throw away the Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz (T5600), buy-and-paste Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz (T7200) in the ZIF slot (prices differed by $ 50, but — — — described operation is clearly drawn to a large amount);
— remove/throw Combo drive, buy/install a DL SuperDrive…

This conversion is economically disadvantageous. Except for the love of art.

Optical disc drives

Multiple – symbol data transfer speed of optical drives. The unit of frequency for a CD is about 150 kilobytes/s and for DVD about 1.4 MB/s.

In the MacMini2,1 used drives 8x Combo and 2.4-fold (aka 6 times, he is 8-fold) DL SuperDrive. Their information is below.

8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), data transfer rate is a multiple of:

When reading a DVD to 8;
When recording CD-R up to 24;
When writing CD-RW – up to 16;
When reading the CD – 24.

2,4/6/8-multiple SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), data transfer rate is a multiple of:

When writing to DVD+R DL up to 2.4 GHz;
When recording to DVD-R and DVD+R – 6;
When recording on DVD-RW and DVD+RW – up to 4;
When reading a DVD to 8;
When recording CD-R up to 24;
When writing CD-RW discs – up to 10;
When reading the CD – 24.

The fate of the Mac mini

For 13 years of their existence, the Mac mini several times “hangs” for a few years, a lot of times it seemed that they came to an end – but once they were updated, resulted in more or less modern look, and… it started again.

Mac mini of 2018 is impressive. A few years of life they are guaranteed.

Several times there were rumors about replacing them with a new model next: for example, the Mac nano or Cube II – but it did not happen.

To be continued

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