Friday, April 6, 2007


Building a Super Mac Mini

Who’s faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Able to change the course of mighty rivers? Can leap tall buildings in a single bound? Why Super Mac mini that is! What’s a Super Mac mini? Well read on true believer…

As we all know, the Mac mini is already a powerful tool out-of-the-box. However, with a little bit of modification, your Mac mini can be almost as powerful as a Macbook Pro. I know right now you’re saying, “Mike, will you please stop saying things you can’t back up?” Ahah! I can back this up!

You see, there are three great processor Intel Core 2 Duo upgrades for the Mac mini: the 2.0GHz, the 2.16GHz, and the mighty 2.33GHz. Right now the 2.0 and 2.16 are reasonably priced (for example: the 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and the 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) and would give your Mac mini quite a bit more power, if you were willing to install the new processor yourself. However, the 2.33GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo processor would practically be a “super upgrade” from the basic Mac mini “solo” processor. Granted the 2.33GHz processor is a bit pricey, but that is a lot cheaper than buying yourself a Macbook Pro (without the portability and such).

For those of you out there who are nervous about updating your processor, you really don’t have to worry. Most dealers will be happy to install the processor for you for a fee. Please remember that installing this kind of modification may void your warranty, so please check that before doing so.

All in all, the upgrades are worth it in speed and efficiency. While the cost may be daunting to some, it’s really a lot more affordable than most folks think. For example, the Mac mini I’m using right now is set up with the 2.33GHz processor, and wow it’s fast!

-Mike Leader

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