- Jan 6, 2019
i love my mini, i started with 8gn ram and an rx 580 and its made my work flow easy, finally got around to upgrading and maxing the system specs out
2018 Mini i7/500/8 upgraded the ram to 32gb and got an RX580 eGPU. Really like TB3. Have a few external GDrive SSD that is fast and reliable.
Pretty happy overall. i7 runs hot when pushed hard. A fan base and Macs fan control fixed that. The boot prosses in Catalina is a little wonky with the eGPU but it works with a second screen. Had Bootcamp working with Mojave pretty good. BootCamp was not workable for me with the eGPU and Catalina. Got a new Alienware gaming box so Bootcamp is not needed. The Mini is no gaming rig when compared to Anything else.
Looking to get a second 2018 Mini to upgrade my 2014 headless Mini that is dedicated to Security Spy NVR software and IP cams. HATE my 2014 Mini i5/500/8. Slow from day one. Even with a hard drive upgrade. POS. I would like to retire it with a hammer and a torch. But with probability donate it.
Also had a 2012 Mini i5 and 2010 Mini Core 2 Duo liked both a lot at the time.
How you like your Alienware machine? I am still debating on whether to return my Mini and get an Alienware r9, but just can't make up my mind.
I don't PC game anymore, and the power would probably goto waste on me, but still, a killer PC system for the same price I paid for the mini is tempting.
I have had every mini since the first version (except for 2014). I have always LOVED them!
The 2018 model is the first one that I'm disappointed with.
Why the disappointment?
I've used everything from IIfx to iMac, Mac Book and Mac Pro, and MM 2018 has easily been the best experience.
The 2018 MBP this has replaced is currently getting sent to be repaired because the battery has swollen after less than 2 years of very careful care. Apple refused to repair it for free because apparently a year is reasonable for a £2500 laptop to last and after that its not their concern. Even though the 2016 model has an acknowledged issue with the battery, the 2018 is fine... Having god awful thermal management that causes constant throttling even with the fans on full doesn't damage any components or reduce their lifespan apparently.