The 2009 Mac Mini

Time For Another Major Apple Transplant

Francis Vale

If Apple can undergo a major transplant and not tell anyone about it, then I guess good computer governance would mandate that we all consider replacing significant parts as well; like the hard drive of the new Apple Mac Mini. 


To recap our giga-diagnosis: The must see organs of the latest headless Mini are the newly integrated Nvidia graphics; it’s the same GeForce 9400M chipset as used across the current 2009 MacBook lineup, the lower range iMac’s, and in some Windows systems.

The 9400M GPU redefines the small form factor motherboard architecture by combining a mainstream graphics processing unit (GPU), system memory controller, and system I/O into a single chipset.

The 9400M integrates almost everything an energy efficient yet powerful computer needs, such as DDR3 1066/DDR2 800 memory and bus controllers like PCI Express 2.0 x16 and x4 links, a 1066MHz frontside bus, 3GB Serial ATA, up to 12 USB ports, 2-way SLI for maxed out gaming using multiple graphics cards, Gigabit Ethernet, and all the rest of the must have goodies.

The GeForce integrated graphics processors feature hardware-accelerated high-definition video decoding and post-processing, as well as support various outputs such as dual-link DVI-I, D-Sub, DisplayPort or HDMI. Digital resolutions up to 2560x1600 are supported, with a max VGA resolution of 2048x1536.

Thanks to the 9400M, the new Mac mini uses less than 13 watts—45 percent less energy than before. But even when fed just a few watts, the GeForce 9400M still packs a wallop: it pumps out 54 gigaflops. No wonder Apple promises 5x speed increases in video performance


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