Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz

by Apple

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Pros
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive
  • Burns dual-layer DVDs
  • Impressive multi-core performance
  • Dual workstation-class GPUs
  • Fast internal storage
  • Plenty of external-expansion options
  • Compact, attractive design
  • Quiet and relatively cool
  • Many internal components upgradeable
  • Impressive multi-core performance
  • Dual workstation-class GPUs
  • Fast internal storage
  • Plenty of external-expansion options
  • Compact, attractive design
  • Quiet and relatively cool
  • Many internal components upgradeable
Cons
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
  • No internal expansion options
  • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
  • No internal expansion options, Higher-end configurations quickly get expensive
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. 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.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Xeon E5  
Processor speed 2000.0  MHz    

Display

Included monitor No    

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs  
Graphics Type   Discrete  

General Information

UPC Code 885909175772    

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth HDMI|Line Out 1/8|Thunderbolt 2.0|USB 3.0  
Ethernet Type   10/100/1000 Mbps  
Wireless connection   802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n|Bluetooth  

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR3  
Memory speed   1866.0  MHz  

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset    

Other Features

Devices Remote Control    

Storage

Drive 1 type   Solid-State Drive  

Dimensions

Height   9.9  inches  

Case

Chassis style   Tower (Midsize)  

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 7.5

1:09    
Photoshop CS3

1:19    
iMovie HD 6

0:56    
Tested Configuration

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

23.4fps    
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

1:07    
Speedmark 5 Score

172    
Compressor

2:21