View Full Version : Mac Mini Centris 660av Mod

10th June 2005, 11:01 AM
Mac Mini Centris Dock (http://www.amug.org/amug-web/html/amug/reviews/articles/mini/dock/)

interesting mod, fairly shoddy case but shows how much of a performance boost having a 3.5" 7200RPM hard disk gives a Mac Mini.

XBench scores have increased dramatically, and in real-world tests the Mini gives some high-end systems a real run for the money!


10th June 2005, 11:13 AM
sort of defeats the point of a mini when it comes to footprint though ;)

10th June 2005, 11:46 AM
Even putting a 5,400RPM in my iBook made a big difference.
Decent mod & I guess it keeps it all internal if anything else.

10th June 2005, 02:34 PM
i like it, think it's cool.

i get what you're saying wowbagger, but think outside the 16x16x16 square :P there are other uses for a small-footprint logic board besides residing in a small-footprint case :)

10th June 2005, 03:12 PM
heh. I like it. Bit daring. But cant you get 2.5" 7200rpm HDDs now?

The mini only has an ata66 IDE channel doesn't it? I guess that would be a major limiting factor.

10th June 2005, 03:24 PM
thats great its good to see modders bringing good ideas to the mac modding community

10th June 2005, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by jobe@Jun 10 2005, 03:12 PM
heh. I like it. Bit daring. But cant you get 2.5" 7200rpm HDDs now?
Yeah, but you'd probably get better value for money with 3.5" HDs than you would 2.5" drives.

10th June 2005, 03:42 PM
i like it except he could have used a better looking case :) maybe a Cube :D

10th June 2005, 03:45 PM
At least it was cheap though. :D And on top of that, its a sleeper, you'd never expect an ol' Centris to have a G4 under the bonnet. :D

11th June 2005, 08:54 AM
interesting reading!
would the performance be thesame with a firewire external 7200rpm drive? my dillema is the slow drive in the mini. if i can get equal performance with say, an emac 1.25ghz and a 1.25ghz mini with external 7200rpm FW drive, than i will be happy! would this comparison get equal performance in a speed test?


11th June 2005, 11:27 AM
A notebook 7200rpm drive is far more expensive and much slower than a regular 3.5" drive. You're also limited to 60Gb.