Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

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Pros
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Least expensive Mac available
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Addition of FireWire 800 port
  • New keyboard
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Same price as previous 17-inch model
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive
  • Burns dual-layer DVDs
  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Considerable speed boost over previous analogous model
Cons
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Viewing angle not as good as 24-inch model
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Only 1GB of RAM
  • Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model
At A Glance

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 most distinctive changes to the iMac line come on the outside -- the desktop now sports an aluminum enclosure that resembles what you might see from the Mac Pro or MacBook Pro. The 17-inch offerings are gone, replaced by a pair of 20-inch models and a 24-inch iMac, each with a glossy wide screen. Other changes are more modest -- the low-end iMac now runs on a 2GHz processor, instead of 1.83GHz. But all iMacs now feature a FireWire 800 port and can support up to 4GB of RAM.

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 updated its all-in-one desktop line to include next-generation Core 2 Duo processors, which boost the amount of shared L2 cache to 6MB and the frontside bus to 1,066MHz. This entry-level iMac now runs at 2.4GHz -- otherwise, the installed memory, hard drive capacity, and optical drive specs remain unchanged from the previous model.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 1830.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 2400.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor No Yes No Yes
Display size   20.0  inches   20.0  inches
Display type   Active Matrix LCD (TFT)   Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution   1680 x 1050  pixels   1680 x 1050  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT

General Information

UPC Code 885909175598 885909150328 885909175772 885909203079

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset   Intel 945GM Chipset  

Other Features

Devices Remote Control Built-In Webcam|Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Remote Control Built-In Webcam|Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 7.5

1:25 1:09 1:09 0:58
Photoshop CS3

1:24 1:03 1:19 0:54
iMovie HD 6

1:02 0:56 0:56 0:49
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004

23.6fps 73.7fps 23.4fps 90.2fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

1:14 1:05 1:07 0:54
Speedmark 5 Score

159 210 172 230
Compressor

2:37 2:17 2:21 1:56