Any difference between the 2.6GHz i7 chip in the server model and mid level model?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by superk, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. superk macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    When you select the mid level mini, a 2.6 i7 QC, the 256GB SSD and then do the same for the server edition there is a huge price difference between the two when all thats different is one has the server software and the other doesn't.

    My understanding is the hardware is the same? Just to have the server software you pay a £100+ premium? Am i missing something?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    Nope, you miss nothing. Their price policy simply isn't that good for the server model this year.
  3. ZaYoOoD macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    The only difference you'll get is the extra Hard Drive (or SSD) slot..
    In addition of course to the Mac OS X server edition pre-installed (can be installed on either one later)

    hope i could help..
  4. superk thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ah, isnt there an additonal slot in the non-server models anyway?
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    server is a bad deal
  6. the27thvoice macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Uncertain, but if they haven't actively sabotaged it from last year, you have the space, but not the cable to connect it with.
    Whether this is the case still, we won't know. Haven't seen teardowns specifically mention it yet.
  7. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    The server model has the extra software and the extra HDD (dual drive).
    The rest of it is the same as the mid model.

    The mid model is more cost effective.
    I chose the server model only because by the time I buy a second drive, the software, and then have to import the second drive cable over to me (which isnt cheap!) I'd end up paying around the same anyway!
  8. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
    Go back a couple of years and Snow Leopard Server was a whole OS cost $499, but then Lion Server was just a $49 addon to regular Lion.

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