Apple’s latest update to their Mac mini offers a number of improvements; these include better CPU’s, better graphics, and improved operating system. To put it simply Apple claims that the new Mac mini will ship with twice as much processor speed, twice the graphics speed, and the fastest, most versatile I/O in any desktop.
Specifically the Mac mini features the latest dual-core Intel Core i5 processors with a selection of either 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or for the serious speedaholics amongst us the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7. These processors offer excellent performance and power making the Mac mini as powerful as computers many times its size. Along with a faster processor Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed of the processor to 3.4GHz more than adequate for most applications. Hyper-threading or simultaneous multithreading of the CPUs ensures multiple tasks at once can be carried out without any loss in performance.
For the gamers amongst us it is vital that we have powerful processors, however just as important is the speed of the graphics. Well the 2.5GHz Mac mini ships with an AMD Radeon HD graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory. What does this mean? Well it means that you will experience super fast responsive gaming. Intel’s HD graphics processor within the 2.3GHz Mac mini makes it an excellent choice for managing and editing photos and HD videos.
Thunderbolt technology in the Mac mini provides fast and stable data transfer from its two 10-Gbps channels. The advantage with this is that it is claimed to be 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than the conventional USB 2.0. For extreme circumstances, up to 6 Thunderbolt peripherals can be joined together to form a continuous connected chain.
Other essential features include the latest 802.11n wireless technology to make sure you are connected to a WiFi network, built-in SDXC card, HDMI port and HDMI to DVI adapter, 500GB hard drive or an optional 750GB hard drive, and either 2GB or 4GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory.