Differences between non server i7 and server i7?

CorporateFelon

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Superdrive, two hard drives and OSX Server is the difference.
Where does it say that the server version comes with the Super Drive? I'm seeing a little blurb on both pages advertising them, but nothing for the server that says one is included.

The "In The Box" section just says,
" * Mac mini
* HDMI to DVI Adapter
* Power cord"
 

53kyle

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Sorry the server used to come with a superdrive. Guess it doesn't anymore.
It was the other way around. Back in 2010, there were two mac minis. The non-server version had a superdrive, but the server version got rid of the superdrive to fit a second hard drive. Then, in 2011, apple introduced cheaper minis that had upgraded processors and GPUs, but none of the models had a superdrive.
 

nathanjbrown

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At this stage in the game, the server model is just a ripoff. I'm stunned that a Apple charges as much as they do for a pair of 256GB SSDs (should you opt to upgrade both of the 1TB drives).

I'm preparing to purchase a 2.6GHz i7 followed by crucial RAM and a pair of 512GB Samsung drives with which I'll upgrade the Mini on my own. It won't be cheap, but it will be far more reasonably priced than the server model + upgrades.
 

CorporateFelon

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yup the only differences are the 2 hard drives, and the processor being a quad core on the server
The processor is also a quad core on the non server i7. The i5 is the dual core.

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At this stage in the game, the server model is just a ripoff. I'm stunned that a Apple charges as much as they do for a pair of 256GB SSDs (should you opt to upgrade both of the 1TB drives).

I'm preparing to purchase a 2.6GHz i7 followed by crucial RAM and a pair of 512GB Samsung drives with which I'll upgrade the Mini on my own. It won't be cheap, but it will be far more reasonably priced than the server model + upgrades.
Yeah I was doing the math, and it is cheaper to buy the non server i7 and then buy an extra harddrive, dual HDD kit and osx server than buying the server version itself. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any other difference that I didn't account for.
 

ColdCase

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The processor is also a quad core on the non server i7. The i5 is the dual core.

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Yeah I was doing the math, and it is cheaper to buy the non server i7 and then buy an extra harddrive, dual HDD kit and osx server than buying the server version itself. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any other difference that I didn't account for.
You do/may lose your warranty. It may be better to buy the base i7 with the SSD upgrade, and then add your on RAM. Then use an external drive, be it a SSD in a USB3 enclosure or TB enclosure. You will not loose much, if any, performance and perhaps avoid issues. You also have the opportunity to expand to massive amounts of storage.... plenty of options.
 

ThisIsNotMe

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Nothing.

The server comes pre-installed with 2 drives and OSX Server.

You can easily install a 2nd drive in the standard mini as well as purchase OS X Server if needed.

A 2nd 1TB drive will run ~$60, install kit $30 and OS X Server runs $20. Save yourself $90.
 

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