Mac mini/1.66GHz

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20-inch iMac Core Duo

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Price Best Price: $1,700.00
Pros
  • Two processing cores
  • Analog- and digital-audio input and output
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Front Row software with Apple Remote
  • Improved performance in many native applications
  • Built-in SuperDrive
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive
  • Burns dual-layer DVDs
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Least expensive Mac available
  • Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs
  • Mini-DVI port with extended-desktop support
  • Large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications
  • Dual-core
  • Elegant, space-saving design
  • Includes iLife ‘06
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Built-in iSight
Cons
  • RAM is difficult to upgrade
  • Integrated graphics reduces available RAM
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • No support for Classic applications
  • Significant speed penalty for non-native software
  • Users can no longer do routine hardware repairs
  • No productivity software included
At A Glance

Unlike the single-core 1.5GHz Intel-based Mac mini, this model is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo chip. It also features more storage capacity and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. Other features -- an integrated graphics processor that shares memory with the system RAM, built-in wireless networking capabilities, and the Front Row multimedia management program -- are the same as what you get with the 1.5GHz Mac mini.

Apple made little noise about this update to its Mac mini line, which is highlighted by the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo chips to replace the older Core Duo processors. The minis also now ship with 1GB of RAM, up from 512MB, and more hard-drive capacity. The higher-end Mac mini also comes with 4MB of shared L2 cache, instead of 2MB on the 1.83GHz offering. The minis continue to use an integraged Intel graphics processor that shares memory with the system RAM, hampering performance in graphic-intensive applications.

Apple made little noise about this update to its Mac mini line, which is highlighted by the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo chips to replace the older Core Duo processors. The minis also now ship with 1GB of RAM, up from 512MB, and more hard-drive capacity. However, the minis continue to use an integraged Intel graphics processor that shares memory with the system RAM, hampering performance in graphic-intensive applications.

The Intel-based Mac era begins with this 20-inch iMac, which runs on a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo chip. This new Mac features faster RAM than its G5-based predecessor, although maximum memory has dropped to 2GB from 2.5GB in the iMac G5. A mini-DVI port in the new iMac lets you use a second external monitor, and the graphics card has undergone a slight upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600. (You can upgrade to 256MB of graphics memory for the 20-inch iMac.) Other than that, this latest iMac isn't that much different from the late 2005 models -- right down to the built-in iSight camera and pre-installed Front Row multimedia software.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core Duo T2500
Processor speed 1660.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 1830.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Integrated Intel GMA 950 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
Video Memory Type       DDR3

General Information

UPC Code 885909080076 885909175772 885909175598 885909096121

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Display

Included monitor   No No No
Display size       20.0  inches
Display type       LCD
Resolution       1680 x 1050  pixels

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset   Intel 945GM Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset  

Other Features

Devices   Remote Control Remote Control Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 6.0.3

1:40     1:25
Speedmark 4.5 Score

144     214
iMovie 6.0.1

1:05     0:44
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2

3:03     2:31
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

1:26     1:11
Unreal Tournament 2004

12.2fps 23.4fps 23.6fps 51.6fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

  1:07 1:14  
Speedmark 5 Score

  172 159  
Photoshop CS3

  1:19 1:24  
Compressor

  2:21 2:37  
iMovie HD 6

  0:56 1:02  
iTunes 7.5

  1:09 1:25