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New Intel Mac Mini March 5, 2006

Posted by Chris in Technology.

Courtesy of Apple

Apple have unveiled the third member to the intel family; the Mac Mini. Available in two versions, 1.5Ghz and 1.66Ghz, starting at £449 ($599).

Simular to the iMac, you will recieve a wireless remote with your Mini for use with frontrow, giving you the option to use it as a media center.

The new 1.66 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US), includes:

  • 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 2GB;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately); and
  • the infrared Apple Remote.

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 80GB, 100GB and 120GB Serial ATA hard drives, iWork ’06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

According to Apple, the Intel Mini will be up to 4 times faster than the previous version.



1. plexus - March 5, 2006

But since when has an Intel chip beat a Motorola/Freescale in FLOPS? I was always under the impression that Intel’s architecture would never beat out the PowerPC line of chips in performance. Did Intel rebuild their architecture or what?

My, my, these times, they are a changin’.

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