Friday, April 27, 2012

Do the PowerPC Mac Minis have a decent video card to watch online videos without lag?

It could be either the 1.25GHz model or the 1.42GHz. I want to get one soon but I don't want to get one and see that it is not what I expect on the video card. Or should I get the Intel Core Solo at least. No I do not want to buy a new one or get the Intel Core 2 Duo. Please help anyone who has one. Thanks for all answers. :)|||The first-generation Mac Minis have no problem with streaming video off the Web. You can do that just fine on a fast G3, in fact.

The only thing you need to be aware of is that the PPC-based models are moving out of support by Apple. You can't run anything higher than Mac OS X 10.5 on it; 10.6 or higher is going to be Intel-only, and even software developers are moving away from that platform. For example, there's no official support for Mozilla Firefox 4 or higher on PPC now.

Given those circumstances, unless I was getting the PPC Mac Mini dirt cheap, I would hold out for an Intel model. A Core Solo is actually a good option if you find one cheap, because it's well-known that these can be upgraded to a much faster Core Duo or even a Core 2 Duo if you don't mind tinkering. Not to mention that any Intel-based Mac is going to be supported for the future.

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