Ars reviews Core Solo Mac mini

— 11:01 AM on March 6, 2006

Ars Technica has posted a review of Apple's new Intel-based Mac mini. The review looks over the machine's rethought I/O ports, CPU performance, and also graphics performance. Surprisingly, despite the new mini's onboard Intel GMA 950 graphics, it seems to be about as fast in Cinebench hardware OpenGL rendering and significantly faster in HD video playback than the old G4 mini, which had integrated 32MB Radeon 9200 graphics. The reviewer does point out that the Intel graphics eat up about 80MB of system memory, which can be problematic with MacOS X's high memory demands. The review is a pretty interesting read overall, although it's a shame actual gaming performance isn't also covered.

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