2012 vs 2014 Mac Mini heat generation

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

  1. GXPvince macrumors regular

    May 12, 2008
    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

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    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

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    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 G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    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


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    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
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2015

    GXPvince thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2008
    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


    Sep 28, 2014
    Where exactly do you plan to put the thing?
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    It was listed in the post above yours.
  9. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    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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