2012 vs 2014 Mac Mini heat generation

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GXPvince, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. GXPvince macrumors regular

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    I would like to purchase either a 2012 or 2014 base model Mac Mini.

    Because it will be in a confined space, the less heat generation the better. I am assuming 2014 1.6ghz would be best in this situation.. Would that be correct?
     
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    I suppose you are right, but it really depends on what you will be using it for. I have a 2012 model in an enclosed space and I don't have any problems with heat - but I am also not gaming on it.
     
  3. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I have been using a base model 2014 Mac Mini for a bit more than a week, and I haven't had any issues with either heat or noise. I do, however, only use it for web browsing. I was lucky enough to get it for $349 with a special deal from Best Buy for students, so whichever model you can get cheaper should be fine.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    For what it's worth, my 2014 Mac mini's (MID-range) CPU sits idling around 32C, whereas my 2012 non-i7 mini sat around 10C higher when idling, in the mid 40s.
     
  5. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Dark Void said it best! Although the newer minis are more efficient, heat production is largely a result of the workload. An idling 2012 or older machine will use much less energy than a new mini that is running a typical Handbrake job.

    What do you plan to do with the machine? That is a versatile computer. Are you planning to limit your options because of environmental factors?. For my systems, I prefer to provide adequate cooling wherever the computer is mounted.
     
  6. GXPvince, Jun 24, 2015
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    GXPvince thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the responses. I use them for Photo booths, the minis are in the same box as a thermal printer. I would say the box is 24in x 24in x 30in. Haven't had an issue with a Maxed out 2012 yet. But where I live (120f weather) having it outside may be an issue, luckily I haven't had a outside event in the middle of summer yet.
     
  7. grcar Suspended

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    Where exactly do you plan to put the thing?
     
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    It was listed in the post above yours.
     
  9. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    The new base mini is horrible. It wouldn't be so bad if it had a 128 GB SSD option though.
     

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