Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz

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17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz

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Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

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Price Best Price: $78.00
Pros
  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive
  • Burns dual-layer DVDs
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Similar feel to 20-inch model
  • Strong performance
  • 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
  • Least expensive Mac available
Cons
  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit
  • 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
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.

Part of the iMac overhaul that added next-generation Core 2 Duo processors to the product line, this 17-inch configuration features a faster 2GHz chip than the 1.83GHz model; it also has more L2 cache as well as dedicated graphics. Instead of the Combo Drive you'll find in the 1.83GHz iMac, this 17-inch model comes with a DVD-burning SuperDrive. It also features built-in Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities in addition to the standard AirPort Extreme card. Finally, this model ships with 1GB of RAM installed; you can put as much as 3GB of memory in the system.

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. However, 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 Core 2 Duo Mobile Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2000.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 1830.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor No Yes Yes No
Display size   17.0  inches 20.0  inches  
Display type   Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT)  
Resolution   1440 x 900  pixels 1680 x 1050  pixels  

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ATI Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

General Information

UPC Code 885909175772 885909117635 885909150328 885909175598

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset Intel 945PM Chipset   Intel 945GM Chipset

Other Features

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

Performance

Macworld Labs

Cinema 4D XL 10.5

1:07   1:05 1:14
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
Speedmark 5 Score

172   210 159
Photoshop CS3

1:19   1:03 1:24
Compressor

2:21 2:50 2:17 2:37
iMovie HD 6

0:56   0:56 1:02
iTunes 7.5

1:09   1:09 1:25
Unreal Tournament 2004

23.4fps 65.5fps 73.7fps 23.6fps
iTunes 6.0.4

  1:03    
Speedmark 4.5 Score

  232    
Photoshop CS2

  2:04    
iMovie 6.0.2

  0:57    
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

  1:06