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Old Yesterday, 08:53 AM   #401
mjar
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I just orders 2012 base model from BH for a good deal i think. The deal include Parallels desktop 10* at no additional cost! wich is sold alone for $59-$75 .. and 6 months of parallels Access 2.0 free subscription ($20).

* you have to add Parallels 10 to your cart.
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Old Yesterday, 11:13 AM   #402
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Finally gone and done it!!! Had to be a 2012 one though :)

well after a couple of years running a core 2 duo hackintosh the mrs finally gave in and let me buy a mac mini, have been waiting for the new 2014 mac mini but now that it's released I must say I'm very disappointed with Apple. Can't upgrade RAM and need a special security tool to even get into it. Bought a new 2012 Mac mini 2.5GHz i5 for 374 delivered, i have 8GB of the exact RAM I need for it in my spares cupboard, I have a 2TB hdd spare and ordered a 256GB Crucial SSD for 74.99 for it aswell as a 2nd HDD upgrade kit.

And sold the hackintosh tower to a friend for 100.....RESULT!!

If I would've known the 2014 Mac Mini was going to be as bad as it is I would've ordered a 2012 one weeks ago. I have no problems with HD4000 gfx as it's only used for browsing and as a plex server. Apple have really messed up there. There was no reason for them to solder the RAM on when they haven't even changed the design.

So for a;
2012 Mac Mini i5 2.5GHz
2TB HDD
256GB SSD
8GB RAM
it has cost me the grand total of 348.99....BARGAIN!
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Old Yesterday, 12:44 PM   #403
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Pulled the trigger

Finally after a lot of hard thinking i just ordered the 2.6GHz Mac mini, 8GB ram with Fusion Drive.
I will use it for everyday tasking , occasional light photo editing and i movie.
I hope i did the right thing and 8Gb ram is enough.....
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Old Yesterday, 02:00 PM   #404
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Finally after a lot of hard thinking i just ordered the 2.6GHz Mac mini, 8GB ram with Fusion Drive.
I will use it for everyday tasking , occasional light photo editing and i movie.
I hope i did the right thing and 8Gb ram is enough.....
I pulled the trigger on the same thing but with 16 gig ram. Total was $1039 with a student discount. But since that is kind of an odd configuration it won't arrive until Oct 30 - Nov 1.

I think they expect people that want fusion drive and 16 gig ram to get the 4308U @ 2.8 GHz. Doing my research though and factoring in the tax and cost difference that was like a $130-$150 upgrade from the 4278U @ 2.6 GHz. It just wasn't worth it.

My rationale for the 16 gig of ram was that 16 gig's of good quality mobile ram on Newegg was about $30 cheaper than what apple was charging for the upgrade (with student discount). So I bite the bullet knowing that I have a bunch of virtual machines I'd like to have on it.

Also I got the 2014 model over the 2012 because there are some games on steam that I'd like to play cross platform with my PC master race friends. Nothing extreme, I think they are into insurgency and some others and the Iris 5100 is going to be FAR better for that than the HD 4000. Lastly I run three monitors and with the 2014 mac mini I can retire my triplehead2go. I've been using it since 2006 and it works well but its analog so I sacrifice some sharpness and proper window management (OSX only gives one top bar and each screen will get one with the new mini)

My existing questions on the purchase are, can I find a passable HDMI switch? I'll use the port for my third display 98% of the time but its next to my TV so I'd like to run it to my receiver too if I want to play a blu ray rip. If its not blu ray quality I'll just stream it to my non theater setup tv over airplay and apple TV.

If I buy a big USB 3.0 external drive and leave it plugged in all the time, will the fusion drive write to SSD before copying it over to USB 3.0? I doubt it but that would be amazing!
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Old Yesterday, 02:18 PM   #405
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Waiting for my 1.4Ghz mini with 16GB of RAM and the 500GB disk to move out of Processing Items
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Old Yesterday, 04:17 PM   #406
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Waited for the new 'ahem' upgraded mac mini and its a complete miss for me.

So I've picked up a nice brand new cheap 2012 Mid 2.3 i7. Its going to run VMs, transcode and Plex for the house so the new one isn't going to cut it.

I'm going to add a Crucial MX100 512Gb drive and 16Gb of memory so will come in at about 700. To get the new one direct from the Apple store would have been 1359 and offered lower performance for my usage.

Should be here in a few days.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM   #407
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A couple of days ago I ordered a 2012 2.6 with 8GB RAM from B&H. The order was cancelled due to being discontinued by the manufacturer. At that point only three minis were on their Web site, the basic i5, the 2.3 i7 and a 2014.

Today I was surprised to see a 2012 2.6 basic model reappear for $839. Needless to say I ordered one. My existing 2012 2.3 become a Windows-only machine. Its 16GB RAM goes into the new one as does an M500 SSD that used to be in my Mac Pro.

Now I have a pair of 2012 minis. That sounds really old the but having paid $739 for the 2.3 and $839 for the 2.6 that beats the living hell out of any mini that Apple is currently selling by performance, price and future value as fits my needs!
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Old Today, 04:44 AM   #408
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Waited for the new 'ahem' upgraded mac mini and its a complete miss for me.

So I've picked up a nice brand new cheap 2012 Mid 2.3 i7. Its going to run VMs, transcode and Plex for the house so the new one isn't going to cut it.

I'm going to add a Crucial MX100 512Gb drive and 16Gb of memory so will come in at about 700. To get the new one direct from the Apple store would have been 1359 and offered lower performance for my usage.

Should be here in a few days.
Where'd you pick the 2012 up from and how much did you pay for the Mini itself?
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Old Today, 07:50 AM   #409
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I wanted to say No Ridley but then I remembered...

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If I buy a big USB 3.0 external drive and leave it plugged in all the time, will the fusion drive write to SSD before copying it over to USB 3.0? I doubt it but that would be amazing!
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4512936

Understand that the critical reason to "leave it plugged in all the time" is the unitary nature of a Fusion Drive. If you create a Fusion Drive with an external USB 3.0 component, then it will be a single volume that spans two drives. If one drive is missing or otherwise unavailable then the volume won't work!

Do your homework on this form of storage. Despite the external drive workarounds, many users recommend internal storage for Fusion Drives.
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Old Today, 10:53 AM   #410
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Do your homework on this form of storage. Despite the external drive workarounds, many users recommend internal storage for Fusion Drives.
FWIW, I think the poster was asking if the SSD portion of the Fusion drive would act as a cache layer for their random external drives. The answer to which is no. Only if you explicitly make a fusion drive that includes the USB drive, and IMO you would be *mad* to do so
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Old Today, 11:01 AM   #411
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Do your homework on this form of storage. Despite the external drive workarounds, many users recommend internal storage for Fusion Drives.
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FWIW, I think the poster was asking if the SSD portion of the Fusion drive would act as a cache layer for their random external drives. The answer to which is no. Only if you explicitly make a fusion drive that includes the USB drive, and IMO you would be *mad* to do so
Thanks cmsj, that is was I was referring to. If the ssd portion of the fusion drive would cache writes to the external drive. Thinking about it more that is sort of madness so I understand why it doesn't work.

Side note, I got notice that my custom built mac mini shipped today and will arrive Monday. 2.6 GHz, 16 gig ram, 1 TB Fusion drive
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Old Today, 02:59 PM   #412
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Where'd you pick the 2012 up from and how much did you pay for the Mini itself?
Apple shop, it was showing as a legacy price of 569 and I can get 6% off that via a work agreed discount. Just waiting for the bits to arrive now.

Loads of places have it for a similar price.
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Old Today, 04:56 PM   #413
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I've spent the last five days refreshing the UK refurb store to no avail, and when I phoned my local Apple store they told me that all of their 2012 models had been sent back to the main warehouse, so I decided to stop dedicating my life to finding a bargain and ordered a 2014 mini.

2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Compared to what I'm typing this on (2006 1.66GHz Core Duo) it's going to fly. At least the educational discount helped ease the pain of not getting hold of a 2012 model.

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