[mythtv-users] Looking for a Mini Mac/AOpen mini PC replacement
chrisribe at gmail.com
Sat Oct 20 01:55:46 UTC 2007
On 10/19/07, Craig Treleaven <ctreleaven at cogeco.ca> wrote:
> At 4:15 PM -0400 10/19/07, Chris Ribe wrote:
> >Just a nit to pick here, but I see this myth floated out there a lot. A
> mac mini is not silent. It is extremely quiet under light load, but it
> sounds like a jet aircraft when its fan starts going.
> I have two Intel Minis and they most definitely do not make any jet
> aircraft sounds. Even while transcoding and playing back HD material
> simultaneously. Maybe the old G4's did.
Perhaps I am unfairly projecting. I can't stand to be in the same room as
my macbook when the fans kick on (which is whenever the cpu usage goes
consistently over 25% total) because of the combination of fan noise and
pitch. The mac mini that I had on my desk for several weeks recently
was at least as loud , but in fairness, the fan ran at 100% all the time
because I accidentally left the fan controller unplugged when I swapped the
HD into my macbook.
As for G4s, don't even suggest such a thing!
The G4 was a low power processor, in every sense of the word.
Earlier this year I went from a 15" 1.67Ghz PowerBook to a
1.83Ghzmacbook. I liked almost everything about the powerbook
screen, the keyboard, the battery life, the DVI port. I say *almost*
everything, because all those things are vastly outweighed by the fact that
the macbook is *5 times faster*. I shit you not, for certain tasks, like
transcoding DV to h.264, the macbook completes tasks *10* times faster than
the powerbook. Like, what used to take 10 minutes now takes 1 minute.
The ability to run a windows VM on the macbook is a push, because it's what
got my boss to buy the new computer, but it means I have to run windows
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