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Tuesday, March 03, 2009, 05:30 am PT (08:30 am ET)

Apple debuts new Mac minis with five times better graphics

As part of its complete desktop revamp Tuesday, Apple introduced a pair of new 2.0GHz Mac minis that deliver up to five times better graphics performance through the same NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics used in the company's latest family of unibody MacBooks.

"The Mac mini is not only our most affordable Mac, it's also the world's most energy efficient desktop computer," said Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook. It uses less than 13 watts of power when idle, up to 10 times less power than a typical desktop PC.

Available in two models that start at $599, Mac mini features a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, up to 320GB Serial ATA hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 and a SuperDrive. The diminutive desktops also sport NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics for up to five times better graphics performance than the previous generation models with added display support that can drive two Apple or third-party displays with Mini DisplayPort or DVI connections.

Like the new iMacs, the Mac minis exceed current Energy Star 4.0 requirements and are leading the industry as early adopters of the more stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements which will become effective later this year. The new Mac minis also use PVC-free internal components and cables and contain no brominated flame retardants. Like the company's latest notebooks and iMacs, the minis have achieved EPEAT Gold status.

Mac mini


Each Mac mini comes with Apple's iLife '09 suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Mac mini


The new 2.0 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable up to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW); separately);
  • Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • five USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port; and
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.

The new 2.0 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US), includes:
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable up to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • five USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port; and
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.

Build-to-order options and accessories for the Mac mini include: a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 80GB, 250GB or 320GB 5400 hard drives. Additional options include: LED Cinema Display, Apple Keyboard, Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule; Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple Remote, the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork '09, Logic Express 8, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 2.