Mac Mini Updates: Faster Processors, More Memory, and a Dual Hard Disk Server

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple's Mac mini server ditches an optical drive to make room for two 500GB hard disks. It uses Snow Leopard Server, and has the same bumped-up 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor as the updated 320GB Mac mini.

The $1000 server includes two 500GB hard disks, 4GB of RAM, and GeForce 9400M graphics. For its part, the 320GB Mac mini stays at $800, but has that new processor, and 4GB of memory (up from 2GB).

It's the $600 entry-level Mac mini that gets the most love. It's got a faster 2.26GHz processor (up from 2GHz), 2GB RAM (up from 1GB), and has 160GB of storage (up from 120GB).

As far as the rumors go: Yep, there is a Mini DisplayPort output. No, there's no Blu-ray. No cheaper option, either. Do you think this is enough to save for the Mac mini from near-irrelevance? [Apple]

Mac Mini Updates: Faster Processors, More Memory, and a Dual Hard Disk Server