“The tiny server that packs a quad-core punch.”
That’s what Apple call their latest released Mac Mini box. The new Mac mini, which was launched alongside the release of Mac OS X Lion in July, improves the formula and buries some of the unfortunate trade-offs that had to be made in previous models. In particular, the inclusion of a Sandy Bridge CPU (instead of the antiquated Core 2 Duo) significantly increases the mini’s competitiveness.
Mac mini features a 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that delivers incredible speed and performance. This configuration performs up to 60 percent faster in file server tests than a quad-core Xserve with internal SAS drives.
It also has two 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives built in, so you can host wikis and websites, back up the data you need, and build up a home media server for media sharing- actually it’s the almost-HTPC that living room junkies are longing for. It’s tiny, beautiful, and it supports insanely high resolutions and just about any HDTV / monitor you could think of. With a Mac OS X Lion compatible media server installed, the Mac mini 2011 could be the ideal home theater PC. PLEX, XBMC, and Boxee are the top three Mac Mini media server out there- they manage and play almost everything, even a full backup of 1080p Blu-ray movie.
Basic Specifications of the Mac Mini (Summer 2011) :
- CPU: 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
- Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage: 500GB SATA drive (5400 rpm)
- Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6630M
Apple offers three separate configuration tiers for the Mac mini (starting at $599). The baseline model and the server model both have integrated Intel graphics instead of the Radeon, and the server model has a quad-core i7 instead of the dual-core i5. All three models can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM.