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My mom has the first model of Intel Mac Mini, and it runs Google Earth sloooooooooooooww. Painfully. Pitifully.

Does anyone know if the latest Mac Mini (if there IS a newer one) can run Google Earth any faster?

Google Earth is like my mom's #1 app, and she'd like to upgrade to a better Mac Mini (full IMacs are just too expensive, so we have to put forth the smaller amount of dough), but only if it can run Google Earth smoothly (and a few other apps that chug. Can't even run Office2008 and multiple Firefox windows at once without lock-up)... otherwise, she's just staying on the current system.

Anyone know what the deal is? How does the newest Mac Mini add up?
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First, what specs is her MacMini? Maybe she doesn't need a new system maybe more RAM would do the trick.

Newer macminis are very fast (not for graphic work) and will run google earth very very very comfortably. I used to have an old G4 MacMini and it was so so so slow. It had just 256mb of RAM (that was standard) when I went to a 1GB RAM it changed my life. I think this could be the same for you.
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First, what specs is her MacMini? Maybe she doesn't need a new system maybe more RAM would do the trick.
It has a 1.5 ghz CPU, and 2gb RAM (we upgraded it, because it could barely run Firefox and one other program before).

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Newer macminis are very fast (not for graphic work) and will run google earth very very very comfortably.
Hmm, okay. Btw, do you know first-hand, or are you assuming? Because even my PC with an nVidia 8800 GTS / AMD 6400+ X2 doesn't run Google Earth faster than 50 fps (30 at times) ever since the update that added the new atmosphere.
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I haven't used it recently. I have a macmini at work and it is fast as **** for a lot of things but I used google earth on macbook which is pretty much the same machine, it was fine. I will try it on my MBP now for you.
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I just tried. I am not sure how to check my frame rate. It was alright not super smooth but I checked the UK (my high school) and Japan (where I am now). I have a mega fast connection, do you think it could be the connection?

I have a MBP 2GB Ram with 256VRAM (2.33 GHz C2D)
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The connection speed won't slow down the framerate, but Google Earth DOES stutter a bit, no matter what specs you have.

Your MacBook, however, is wayyy more powerful than my mom's Mac Mini, and has more video RAM as well.

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Nobody else has a 1.5ghz Mac Mini?
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