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

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    Get over it you morons! The Mac mini will not explode b/c it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card. It will do just fine with the chipset it was introduced with!

    Mike, I’m in complete agreement with you. This release makes complete sense and fits into their future plans…Movies!

  2. I have a 1.42 Mini and I have to say I just love it. And after I put a Gig in it, it cruches SETI@Home (call me a geek) 2 1/2 hours…

    As compared to my 2.2 Pentium M Dell runs at about 2 hours…

    So I’ve never understood the performance nag that everyone talked about. I’ve always felt that theses are people NOT working on Minis. Just reading about them.

    With that said…HOLY SPEED BUMP BATMAN! The Bus and RAM increases (both speed and size) makes Minis Corvette on the Internet Superhighway.

  3. With the huge overall bandwidth difference, the new integrated graphics is quite likely still substantially faster than the one in the old mini. Not enough for a medium range or high end Mac, but probably okay for the mini.

    And Macs King is right, the audio interfaces are a good step forwards; Both input (new) and output are now digital as well! Plus Gigabit ethernet – another limitation gone!

  4. I ordered the high end one today. I feel guilty cutting my local reseller out of my purchases because they really are a good store and have been great servicing my machines, so I did a preorder today with them instead of ordering direct from Apple. Gives me some time to sell the old mini on craigslist, too.

    I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the shared memory. I won’t be playing games on this machine–I have a PS2, a PSP, and will be getting an xbox 360 as soon as the supply is up. What I will be doing is hooking this up to my TV and stereo so that I finally have convenient access to the approaching-a-terabyte collection of video and music files I have spread accross multiple machines. I have been loathing the idea of consolidating these files and now I don’t have to. At Apple’s memory prices I’d put memory into the machine myself, so the shared memory doesn’t bother me–I’d put a 1GB stick in it either way.

    What matters most for me on this is that now I have no reason to replace my 20″ iMac G5. It really is the best machine I’ve ever had. I had planned to hold onto for another six months and then sell it and get the next revision of the intel iMac, but now can hold out even longer.

  5. I think Apple made some good design choices to best optimize the Mac mini for its market. And I don’t think the Intel Graphics is all that bad (at least the recent versions of it). I have a PC laptop that I use for work, about a year old. It has the Intel Graphics chips. It seems to work fine, although I don’t play 3D games on it. It should be at least comparable to the previous PPC Mac mini’s video. Of course, 256MB of dedicated video RAM would be better, but this is a Mac mini.

    Didn’t the “developer’s” preview Intel Macs from last year use Intel Graphics?

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