Can US mini handle UK electric current?

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  1. 88 King macrumors 6502

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    Sorry if this has already been asked, but I can't seem to find any answers in search.

    I'm looking to get a mini server in the US and bring it back to the UK in the near future, but I'm not sure if the power supply unit in the mini can handle the 230v UK current compared to the 110v in the US.

    Can somebody help me with this question please?

    Also can the Intel graphic card on the CPU handle 2560X1440 resolution screen for normal non-gaming use via mini display port?

    Many thanks
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    230 V is not a current, it is a voltage. All modern Macs can handle input voltages between 100-240V at 50-60 Hz, which means they will work everywhere with the proper plug adapter.
     
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    The US Apple page states that the input voltage for the mini is 100-240v AC 50-60Hz so you'll be fine

    No idea about the graphics, though
     
  4. ogee macrumors 6502

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    Of course, but you need to bring your own plug to the party.

    Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
    HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
    DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included)
    Support for dual display and video mirroring
     
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  6. 88 King thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all your help guys, I can now buy one in the US with conference.
     
  7. digtaldynamite macrumors newbie

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    Internationally Speaking...

    Computers (power supplies) nowadays are designed to be (basically) standard. They can handle the 110-120v for the US, and the 220-240v for the UK. The only key factor is the plug, which can be purchased online, etc.

    Behind the power supply, the voltage is 12v or 5v DC (ignoring the special voltages for some chips), so to answer the question of graphics handling the move, there should not be an issue when it comes to power. With the NTSC/PAL question, the HDMI should talk to the monitor/display similarly to a computer monitor (which should be fine).

    My one word of caution for everybody is to check the power supply for a switch (most computers are auto-switching and do not have said switch--all Apple AFAIK are auto). If you see a switch, make sure the switch matches the supplied voltage; otherwise, you get to buy a new power supply.
     
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    Thank you for the info, I'm also planning to use a Dell 27" UltraSharp monitor with the mini.

    Update: picked up a 2011 base model mini for £400 with extended Apple care, going to use the money saved over the server version towards a 6 core CPU for the Windows workhouse PC. Just need to decide if I should get either one 27" Dell UltraSharp or two 24" Dell UltraSharps for the same money.
     
  10. ftf macrumors member

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    Hmm, nice to have that decision :) I use a Dell ultrasharp 27" at home and a Dell ultrasharp 24" at work. While I love the 27", I think dual 24s would trump it... if you have the deskspace of course.
     

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