Attempt Upgrayedd!

by Phunguss  

No typo, that was a reference to Idiocracy.  Gettin' stupid with a massive upgrade to an old Mac Mini 2006.  I will attempt to max it out in every possible way.  So, let's see what is in store:

1) locate an old Mac Mini Core Solo (intel, one cpu, one core).

2) upgrade lots of the innards.

3) Show the status here...

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The primary piece

by Phunguss  

Won a Core Solo Mac Mini on ebay:

Core Solo

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Part one in hand

by Phunguss  

Got the Mac Mini Solo today.

Core Solo Mac Mini

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Terminator T7600

by Phunguss  

Fastest CPU available in this socket/mobo (T7600G unlocked multiplier, but can't take advantage on mac):

T7600

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Core Solo shot first

by Phunguss  

Star Wars reference (catch that Greedo?).  Benchmark the raw computer as is from ebay:

CINEBENCH R10
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Processor        : Intel Core Solo
MHz              : 1500
Number of CPUs   : 1
Operating System : OS X 32 BIT 10.6.3
Graphics Card    : Intel GMA 950 OpenGL Engine
****************************************************
Rendering (Single   CPU): 1464 CB-CPU
Rendering (Multiple CPU): --- CB-CPU

Shading (OpenGL Standard)          : 526 CB-GFX
****************************************************
June 2, 2010 8:11 PM

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Hit the speed bumps!

by Phunguss  

CPU swapped out... Benchmarked:

CINEBENCH R10
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Processor        : core 2 duo
MHz              : 2330
Number of CPUs   : 2
Operating System : OS X 32 BIT 10.6.3
Graphics Card    : Intel GMA 950 OpenGL Engine
****************************************************
Rendering (Single   CPU): 2541 CB-CPU
Rendering (Multiple CPU): 4729 CB-CPU
Multiprocessor Speedup: 1.86
Shading (OpenGL Standard)          : 1018 CB-GFX
****************************************************
June 3, 2010 6:27 PM
New T7600 CPU

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Slots!

by Phunguss  

Throw in a nice DVD-RW burner:

burner

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2GB Limit

by Phunguss  

The 2006 mac mini has a 2Gb RAM limit.  If you load a newer firmware, it will physically hold 2x2Gb = 4Gb, but only recognize 3Gb.  Is the extra 1Gb worth it?  Sure, why not?

Upgrade the Firmware

Geekbench

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