The specs on all configurations of the new 2011 Mac Mini all boil down to one basic decision:
As you can see, the processors are of negligible difference. The double-memory difference can be solved for much cheaper than Apple is offering. Both configurations come with the same hard drive capacity and performance. Thus, the only REAL difference exists in the choice of graphics card. Going discrete with the AMD (with its own onboard memory) is a much better option than relying on the Intel HD 3000. But is it worth $200?
That part is debatable. If you don’t play games, I’d venture to say that it probably isn’t worth the added cost. And even if you do play games, you still won’t be getting a great frame-rate with that particular video card. But then again, having a video card that doesn’t share memory with the system is always a good thing, and ensures that graphics-intensive processes don’t slow down the rest of the system’s operations as much. If you are on the fence, wait for the benchmarks. If you are on a budget, feel comfortable with the Intel, and just upgrade the ram as much as you can post-purchase. If money is no object, discrete video memory is always better than non-discrete.
At least Apple somewhat simplified the choices for us, by keeping the storage and processor options essentially the same. 🙂