Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > Mac mini

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 13, 2012, 03:54 PM   #1
sebsongs
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Short review from a happy new Mini owner

I got my 2.3 GHz i7 Mini up and running with my own Samsung 830 256Gb SSD and 16Gb of Crucial ram.

Had no problems at all installing the hardware. The mini is a breeze to tinker with. Coming from an iMac, this machine is a blessing in that aspect.

Had some problems with internet recovery though. I'm on a bluetooth keyboard and the mini refused to go into recovery mode when i held down command+r.
The trick that did it was patience. I had to wait until the chime passed and the screen turned on. Then the mini registered my pressed keys and jumped into recovery mode so I could format the SSD and download Mountain Lion. The download process took about 2 hours, which I'm considering to be ok on a 10Mbit line.

I fired up the mini before my SSD upgrade and did a geek bench, although in 32 bit mode. it said 10799. After the HDD replacement to SSD and 4 times more RAM, it says a couple of hundred LESS. Why is that?

I'm not worried at all though. The SSD writes at 450mb/sec and reads at 470mb/sec. And everything I click on starts at an instant. The experience is very snappy and feels so much more "today" than my old imac from 2009. Well, duh!

I did purchase the minidisplayport to DVI adapter, avoiding the HDMI flickering screen problem. Hoping it will get fixed so I can add another screen. The screen i'm on, 20" Cinema Display (aluminum) looks great though. No problems yet.

Not experiencing any heat from the mini as of yet either. Will see when I run it through its paces the next couple of weeks. But I don't think it will be a problem.

Oh, and god damn it's silent! Especially after the SSD exchange. I cant hear it over ambient noise now. Awesome!

Well, I'm a so far extremely happy Mini owner!
sebsongs is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 05:22 PM   #2
That-Guy
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by sebsongs View Post
I did purchase the minidisplayport to DVI adapter, avoiding the HDMI flickering screen problem. Hoping it will get fixed so I can add another screen. The screen i'm on, 20" Cinema Display (aluminum) looks great though. No problems yet.
Have you tried it through the HDMI? Not all people are having problems, me included.

Worth a shot
__________________
Mac Mini Late 2012 - 2.5GHz Core i5 - 16gb RAM - 120gb SSD + 500gb HDD
iPhone 5S | iPad Air | Apple TV 3rd Gen | Airport Express 3rd Gen
Website | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram
That-Guy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 06:13 PM   #3
milkmandan
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by sebsongs View Post
Had some problems with internet recovery though. I'm on a bluetooth keyboard and the mini refused to go into recovery mode when i held down command+r.
The trick that did it was patience. I had to wait until the chime passed and the screen turned on. Then the mini registered my pressed keys and jumped into recovery mode so I could format the SSD and download Mountain Lion. The download process took about 2 hours, which I'm considering to be ok on a 10Mbit line.
I was on wired keyboard using a Moshi Luna Backlit and it behaves similary. Gotta press Command+R AFTER the chime and keep it down.

In regards to the download process, even on a 85Mbit line with the Samsung 830 SSD, the whole process still took me about 1.5-2 hours as well. Duno why, either the download from Apple was huge or Apple limits IR downloads to a certain speed. Didn't check network traffic, too lazy.

Last edited by milkmandan; Nov 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM.
milkmandan is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 07:34 PM   #4
CausticPuppy
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: May 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by sebsongs View Post
I fired up the mini before my SSD upgrade and did a geek bench, although in 32 bit mode. it said 10799. After the HDD replacement to SSD and 4 times more RAM, it says a couple of hundred LESS. Why is that?
Geekbench is more sensitive to the speed of memory, rather than the amount of memory. The 8GB chips will generally have a higher CAS latency than the original 2GB chips. However, in normal use, the increased amount of memory has a much better impact. A variance of just a couple hundred points is literally about 2% of your score. That could also be due to background processes, etc. Run the test a couple more times and take the highest score.
__________________
2011 Mac Mini Server, 16 GB RAM, 256GB Crucial M4 SSD, 500GB HDD + 3TB NAS
Haswell rMBP 13" - i7/512GB
Mac Mini 1.83GHz Core2Duo, 3GB RAM, 60GB SSD
iPad Air/iPhone5S
CausticPuppy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 14, 2012, 01:25 AM   #5
Errz
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by sebsongs View Post
I got my 2.3 GHz i7 Mini up and running with my own Samsung 830 256Gb SSD and 16Gb of Crucial ram.
I'm also thinking of getting mac mini and change the hard disk to SSD myself. do i need to get Samsung 830 or any brand will do? i remember reading somewhere that some brand is not 100% compatible. eg missing some feature like trim?
Errz is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 14, 2012, 03:00 AM   #6
sunandsurf
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
congrats to the OP; happy to hear that all's well. i'm happy with mine too. am a bit chicken to try using the hdmi cables since so many people are experiencing problems; i know, not everyone but ...
sunandsurf is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 14, 2012, 03:10 AM   #7
limesmoothie
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Good to hear I'm not the only one loving the new Mini. My Geekbench score went down after upgrade too, but the machine was noticeably faster!

I only paid 448, due to education discount and then put in 16GB, so the whole thing came in at about 500 - really good value. Should have bought one ages ago!
__________________
iPhone 5s, iPad Mini, Mac Mini 2012, MBA 11" 2012
limesmoothie is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > Mac mini

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Caudabe Veil short review DannyDrama iPhone Accessories 410 Yesterday 10:07 AM
Happy new Xserve G5 owner =) jezzy Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking 3 Dec 6, 2013 09:03 AM
iPad Mini: Happy iPad Mini Retina owner PDXPean iPad 37 Nov 17, 2013 08:39 AM
Short headset review for iPhone 5S ABC5S iPhone Accessories 0 Nov 5, 2013 05:48 PM
tablets: Ask a new Note 8.0 owner, former iPad Mini owner anything Essenar Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 79 Sep 2, 2013 05:40 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:12 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC