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Monday, March 9, 2009
Mac Mini Benchmarks Reveal Improved Game Performance
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Macworld has posted a new benchmark article comparing the latest Mac Mini versions with their 2007 predecessor. The biggest improvement was reflected in 3D gaming tests which showed a large increase in frames per second. Quake 4, Call of Duty, and Unreal Tournament 2004 were used in the benchmarks.

Even with just 1GB of RAM installed, the new Nvidia graphics performed much better than the Intel graphics of the previous Mac mini. The older Mac mini couldn’t even run our Call of Duty test, and struggled to get just 5.6 frames per second in our Quake 4 test. The new Mac minis, with 2GB of RAM installed, were able to push through nearly 7 times as many frames per second in that test.

With the identical processors and the same 2GB of RAM installed for our testing, the difference between the two new Mac minis comes down to the hard drive. (Upgrading the entry-level Mac mini to 2GB of RAM is an extra $50.) And though you’d think that might make for some pretty similar performance results, it turns out that the different hard drive helped the high-end Mac mini post a nearly 7 percent higher Speedmark score. Many scores were nearly identical, like the aforementioned 3-D graphics tests, as well as processor-intensive application tests like Cinema 4D and Compressor encoding. But in disk-related tests like duplicating and uncompressing files and folders, the high-end Mac mini was much faster—26 percent faster at duplicating a 1GB file and 22 percent faster at unzipping a compressed 2GB folder.

The new high-end Mac mini was 21 percent faster overall than the previous high-end Mac mini, which had a 120GB hard drive. The biggest differences between the two Mac minis were in 3-D game performance, of course, but drive tests and even the Compressor and Photoshop tests show some real improvement in this new generation.
Read the full article at the link below.

Macworld: New Mac Mini Benchmarks

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