I got my Mac Mini finally. 1GB Ram. Because of a mistake my dealer made, I got the superdrive model cheaper. I also got a 17" CRT for £30 that goes up to 1600x1200 so no more squashed Blender screenspaces.
So far the performance is pretty good and it’s about 2 times faster than my old machine in general. The graphics card isn’t quite as good as I’d hoped but it’s still better than what I had.
I managed to sell my ibook on ebay for £425 so the total upgrade cost about £145. I’m also on Tiger, which has some really neat features. Hopefully the new developer tools should up the performance a bit with the Altivec optimisations.
I knew how big it was before I got it but it’s still surprising to see it. It’s half the size of my external firewire dvd burner.
[quote=“osxrules”]I also got a 17" CRT for £30 that goes up to 1600x1200 so no more squashed Blender screenspaces.
LOl, I’ve got an 19" and 21" screen and still running on 1200x1024, because 1600x1200 is a little too high, since I also do pixelart when I’m bored, and that’s quite hard with a huge resolution. Maybe when I get a widescreen flatscreen 22" I try a 1600+ resolution.
But sounds cool, a new machine, better blender comfor, so also better blender art?? Gehehe just a joke.
Yeah 1600x1200 is a bit high but I like that the option is there along with a lot of other resolutions - my ibook had just the 3 standard ones.
I hope so ;). One of the main things that stopped me making any renders before was I just couldn’t tell the right colours on my laptop screen. One day I’d have my display tilted one way and the next day another and the colours looked different.
:o, whoa that’s one big TV. Is it HDTV? I’d hate to have something that big and only be able to get somehing like 625x440.
They will be about the same performance because the Mini has a slower hard drive just like the laptops do. The laptops with the slightly higher processor may be faster but I doubt it because a lot of the performance is in the system bus which is something like 167MHz in all of them. That’s why the G5 is such a big leap because it’s got a 1GHz fsb.
The laptop displays don’t usually support very high resolutions either. Most are 1024x768. Of course, by connecting an external monitor, you get higher resolutions and probably the same as I can (maximum is 1920x1440 I’ve just discovered).
One plus I can see the laptops having over the Mini is the graphics card as they have 64MB-128MB VRam, whereas the Mini has just 32. I think the card in the laptop is better too:
Remember though that laptop ram is really expensive when you get into the GBs. Those new powerbooks look really cheap. I wouldn’t buy one without applecare though unless you sell it before the warranty runs out. My logic board went in my ibook and if it wasn’t under the repair program, I’d be screwed.