A new thread how I tricked out my new mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by philipma1957, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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    My idea is buy the base unit pull the i3 8300 and drop in an i7 8700t.

    This will be a thread on modding the new 2018 mac minis.

    Best buy has the base model for 800 I have some coupons so I can get a base model for about 650.

    I will order it and see how easy it is to upgrade.
    I have the new dell 7060 optiplex with an intel i7 8700t inside it.
    Sooo I am thinking of a swap.
    Anyone is invited to post here on this thread with ideas for tricking out their new 2018 mac mini.
     
  2. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    I imagine the CPU is soldered on. And the T2 chip may prevent hardware changes?
     
  3. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    That idea is dead from the very beginning, the CPU does not appear to be socketed.
     
  4. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    my guess is the t2 chip could be an issue ,but that you can swap out the cpu. the trick will be telling the t2 chip to accept it. I think they put the t2 chip in to prevent swapping cpus. only time will tell. even if the cpu is not changeable thread still has lots of legs.
    as ram upgrades
    external ssd upgrades
    external gpu upgrades still will be interesting.

    no one knows if faster ram then 2666 will work
     
  5. The Hammer macrumors 6502

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    Why not wait for an iFIXIT teardown.
     
  6. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I will still be getting a 2018 i3 and adding ram along with an external booter. And my bonus deal with best buy dies in a few days.
     
  7. redheeler macrumors 604

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    It definitely is.
     
  8. reukiodo macrumors regular

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    Isn't the flash storage soldered directly to the logic board? That alone makes this dead deal to me. Flash storage has a limited lifespan.
     
  9. opeter macrumors 68000

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    You can connect an external one and use that...
     
  10. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah I do that with my 2014 models.
     

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