Originally Posted by SCHUMI_4EVER
Power!!! Apple may be able to match the price and offer decent specs in stylish little power-saving package. But for the same money you can get even more power if you choose to build yourself. So no your analysis is not quite correct.
If it's performance (GHz and so on) then you are right. But if it's power consumption (Watt usage), then the Mac Mini is about the bottom line in terms of what you can get by balancing performance and power consumption in an enclosure that small.
And when you think about it, the Sandy Bridge Core i5 in the Mac Mini can Turbo Boost to over 3GHz, making it almost on par with some of the higher end desktop chips.
I don't know why it's that way. Intel obviously has a lot of headroom to expand their desktop chips' Turbo to 4GHz and beyond. The only explanation I have right now for this "performance fixing" scenario is that Intel and Apple are conspiring together to make it that way. But that's for another thread.