Mac mini/2GHz (320GB, Early 2009)

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Price
Pros
  • Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models
  • FireWire 800
  • Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays
  • Tiny size
  • Five USB ports
  • 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
  • Difficult to upgrade
  • $200 premium over $599 model doesn’t get you many improvements
  • Slow hard drive
  • 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

The first Mac mini upgrade since 2007 replaces the integrated Intel graphics with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M card. Graphics still share memory with the system RAM, but there's more to share and its the faster DDR3 SDRAM. The new system features more USB 2.0 ports, but ditches FireWire 400 for a single FW 800 port. This system ships with a larger hard drive and more RAM--but also a $799 price tag.

Specs

Processor

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

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs  
Graphics Type   Discrete  

General Information

UPC Code 885909222346    

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 DDR3 DDR3  
Memory speed   1866.0  MHz  

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse    

Storage

Drive 1 type   Solid-State Drive  

Dimensions

Height   9.9  inches  

Case

Chassis style   Tower (Midsize)  

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 7.7

1:13    
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

100    
Photoshop CS3

1:08    
iMovie HD 6

0:57    
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 2GB of RAM    
Quake 4

39.1fps    
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

1:04    
Compressor

2:07