Customizations are too expensive?

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

  1. iop macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2011
    8 -> 16 GB RAM and 128 -> 512 GB SSD makes it $600 more expensive. A 512 GB NVMe SSD just doesn't cost $400 these days. Besides, why even use NVMe when a SATA SSD would be good enough for mac mini? I guess the only way to save money here is to get the 128 GB model and then use a SATA SSD with a USB adapter. $200 for extra 8 GB of RAM also sounds excessive although that's easier to swallow than the cost of the SSD. Finally, why is there no i5 (edit: quad-core i5) option? I think i7 is an ovekill for a mac mini, but i3 sounds like a very risky choice as it likely won't last more than a few years before becoming obsolete.

    I think it's unfortunate that Apple decided to "premify" the mac mini.
  2. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK

    Benchmarks will be useful but I don’t see the i3 i5 i7 as being the same as on previous machines.

    The i3 is a quad core part at 3.6Ghz which should make it faster than what my head sees as an “i3” part.

    Whether it’s worth going to the i5 for the 6 core and extra storage I’m not sure yet.

    I sold my 2012 earlier in the year and now have a 2016 non touchbar pro....

    I’d like the new mini but realistically don’t need a quad core desktop for using safari.
  3. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    An i3 being obsolete in “a few years” seems unlikely. Wait for a tear down to see if SSD is replaceable, then potentially buy with base specs and upgrade the ram yourself and purchase a separate USB-C SSD as needed.
  4. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Yeah, they're expensive, but we've all come to expect overpriced RAM and storage from Apple. I think I'm going with a 256 GB SSD and upgrading the RAM myself.
  5. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    Because SATA sucks for boot drives. I'd never buy a computer these days with a SATA boot drive. Modern NVMe drives are around 7 times faster than SATA SSDs and even ordinary users will notice the difference. After using NVMe drives in laptops for so long, ordinary SATA SSDs almost feel like spinning hard drives to me. It's one of the main reasons I want to upgrade my PC.

    I agree that their options are overpriced though. Their storage prices are insane, even for Apple. Then again, it is Apple after all. They've always charged a lot for RAM/storage.
  6. pl1984 macrumors 68020

    Oct 31, 2017
    NVMe's primary performance advantage is in sequential access. When it comes to random access, which booting primarily consists of, NVMe doesn't really benefit:

    While NVMe does have better random access it isn't nearly as significant as sequential access and doesn't really show when it comes to booting.
  7. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Yeah. NVMe makes near zero difference for boot times, and games.
  8. sublunar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Coffee Lake i3 is 4 core, 4 thread - in other words effectively the same as Kaby Lake i5. You could argue the toss over amount of L3 cache, the loss of turbo boost (vs a Kaby Lake i5), or the price, but any way you look at it the i3 is good value.

    A Coffee Lake i3 at this stage should last years.
    RAM is looking potentially user replaceable
    Storage can be improved because of the versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports with a variety of solutions, even bus powered ones if you look at the Samsung T5 or X5.

    i7 probably is overkill, especially if you run jobs on it that will make all threads fire up because of the increased power draw and therefore heat/noise. There are similar arguments running for the i7 in recent 27" iMacs but we won't know until benchmarks show if it throttles under sustained load. But one thing that you can't argue is whether or not it's a rip off as previous i7 upgrades in the iMac have been. Depending on the exact spec as paid to Apple, would the i7 upgrade be worth it? Your mileage may vary, especially after benchmarks.

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