Old Apple Mac mini G4 vs. new Mac mini’s graphics and video specs

Apple’s old Mac mini G4 versus the new Intel-based Mac mini video specs:

Mac mini G4:
• ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with AGP 4X support, 32MB of dedicated Double Data Rate (DDR) video memory
• DVI video output for digital resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz
• VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
• S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector (requires Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)

Mac mini Intel-based:
• Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
• DVI video output for digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema Display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports noncoherent digital displays up to 135MHz
• VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 by 1080 pixels
• S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector (using Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)

More information about Apple’s new Intel-based Mac mini’s specs here.

More details about Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA 950 graphics core) here.

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Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple introduces new Intel-based Mac mini – February 28, 2006

80 Comments

  1. I’m the customer & the customer is ALWAYSright. It’s my money.

    So, like, don’t buy it. I’m not going to. I’m not buying the “boom box” either. Too expensive and doesn’t fit my needs.

    Life’s too short to get angry because Apple releases a product you don’t care about.

  2. Glaken, do you want to know why SHARED memory makes sense? Good, I’ll tell you… MOVIES.

    Apple is obviously trying to market the mini as a media center… Using integrated video with shared memory is the only way to keep costs at $600 yet still allow the graphics engine to use as much Ram as needed for movies and HD video content…

    Movies are the next step for Apple folks.. Hi-def movies require A LOT of video RAM.. Apple is certainly not going to include a 256 mb graphics card in a Mini and still be able keep the price at $600… Integrated video with shared Ram was the solution…

  3. I love it when all these tech nerds whine about the Mac mini, when they should be looking at the iMac at the least. The Mini will do better than the previous model for the average user. It comes with come with Frontrow, remote control etc just to name a few upgrades..

  4. I dunno. IF Intel isn’t hyping things (which is a big “if”), then this isn’t your father’s integrated graphics. Supposedly, the only thing it has in common with the familiar cheapo integrated chipsets is that it uses the same physical RAM as the CPU. But (again, if I’ve got this right) it has its own path to the RAM, so it’s not fighting the CPU for access. So it may be a lot faster than you think.

    Or not. I’m sure the magazines will be testing the bejeezus out of this thing in the coming weeks.

    (Seriously, I’d be jaw-drop stunned if the graphic performance turned out to be as bad as the naysayers fear. Apple generally doesn’t sell crap.)

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