“The Mac mini Core Duo is still targeted at the entry-level and general computer user, especially those who already have a display, keyboard and mouse that they want to continue using. The Mac mini Core Duo and Solo have gone upscale in price relative to the Mac mini G4 by $100 but with much more capability and speed,” Bill Fox writes for Macs Only!
Macs Only! pitted a Mac mini Core Duo 1.66GHz with 512MB RAM versus the same unit with 1GB RAM. “Subjectively, all of the applications seemed to work fine with 512MB of RAM and seemed to work no better with 1GB. However, at 256MB the slow-down was very clear and basically the Mac mini Core Duo was unusable–applications took forever to launch and switch between and startup took 62 seconds as opposed just 25 seconds at 512MB and 1GB,” Fox reports. “It is also clear to us that the benefit, if any, of 1GB of RAM over the standard 512MB is small. Most people can save $100 and stick with the Mac mini Core Duos base 512MB of RAM. Those who are likely to occasionally work with very large images on a Mac mini, like us, may benefit from the upgrade and may wish to consider it.”
Full article with benchmark results here.
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