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  1. Teaman

    Mac Mini i5 vs i7

    I use a Mac Mini 1.83Ghz core duo for my entertainment system. I connect it to my HDTV and use EyeTV to record broadcast TV shows on it and store them till I play them back on the TV. More and more lately I notice that the audio and video are out of sync at full screen playback. If I reduce the playback screen from full to 2/3 or 1/2 size it gets better and even fine again. I believe it's trying to play full screen HD that the mini can't handle. I'm planning to upgrade to the new Mac Mini. The question is, should I get the i5 or is it worth it to pay the 200 for the i7? Can the i5 handle 1080p HDTV recordings being played back at full screen and not miss a beat with audio and video sync? It is probably way better than my current core duo processor. But I want the solution to work with no hickups. Your advice and/or references to relevant benchmarks would be appreciated. I don't do gaming with it, just video record and playback in full HDTV 1080p.