the MacMini, the RAM and the performances

At the middle of last september I gave myself a little present, getting the 2nd Apple desktop machine in these last 5 years of “mac-addiction”, a mid.2011 entry-level MacMini [for the onlookers out there the first desktop was a PowerMac G4 “Quicksilver”].

The specs aren’t impressive but at home I needed a machine that could be leaved always-on, ready to serve, print, download camera’s photos and be – as soon as I’ll have a little time – a photo and music media server to my LCD tv in the drawing-room [probably with PS3MediaServer].

Those are the first results of NovaBench‘s run on the MacMini with it’s default hardware equipment: 578 points.

MacMini - 2nd NovaBench run (578points)

I had then the chance to upgrade my MacBook Pro RAM from 4GB to 8GB … so, even if RAM’s speed was lower (1067 MHz instead of 1333 MHz) I decided to try to put them in the MacMini … 10 minutes and 3 NovaBench’s run later these were the results: 581 points.

MacMini - 4th NovaBench run (581 points)

Finally this week, after a Riccardo‘s tweet on getting value RAM via Crucial’s shop I’ve ordered mine, and moments ago I’ve installed it and this is the 1st result after the boot: 618 points.

MacMini - 5th NovaBench run (618 points)

40 points of difference (with no special attention to tuning anything) for 32.99€ (taxes excluded, shipping included). Not bad … or not ???


Author: kOoLiNuS

♂, Italian, male, husband, dad of a wonder, “cazzaro”, friendly, blogger, motorcyclist, geek, avid reader, sysadmin, ICT consultant, curious. I come in peace… I'm an active social networker since 1999. I've been using WordPress sice 2004 and since 2006, and I'm currently involved in WordPress and WooCommerce communities in Bari, Apulia.

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