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Mini 2011: Intel HD or Radeon HD?

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I'm looking at a new Mac mini and only plan to use it as an HTPC--no games.

Will the Intel HD Graphics hold up to HD (1080p) video and audio? If the Intel is good enough for HTPC purposes, I don't want to spend the extra money on a Radeon (which is more likely a better option for gaming).

Has anyone put the Intel HD Graphics model through the paces yet?

Thanks
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You'll be fine sticking with the Intel HD3000 graphics. The mini also supports a full sized HDMI port so you won't have to buy any annoying adapters. One thing you should note though: The mini does not have a CD drive, you can get around this if you purchase an external drive, but if you are planning to rip any blu-ray or dvd video it is an extra expense to consider.

The other thing to consider is the mini only has 2GB of ram, I recommend 4GB for decent performance. It's an easy enough upgrade to do on the Mini though, so you shouldn't have too much trouble.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind.

Thanks!
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Can the intel chip also do HD3D content. I.e. Full 1080p both eyes via a HDMI 1.4 cable?
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The Intel HD3000 is supposed to be HDMI 1.4 compliant and support 3D. I'm not sure about Apple's implementation. People have successfully installed Intel's drivers in Windows 7 x64 on MacBook Airs, which indicate that the above is supported by Intel.
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