Do all models have the PCIe connector?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by scaramoosh, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    The mid ranged one is nicely priced at £569, to me that makes it a really compelling alternative to a Windows M-ITX build. However I noticed the low and mid ranged only have a sata connection and on my M-ITX build I just use the m.2 and PCie slots for storage. I don't think I could ever go back to sata since it is so slow.

    Is it possible to buy the cheaper and put in my own storage or do they only have a sata connection?

    + There is no chance that they bring out a new one any time soon is there? I'd rather just wait if there is, thanx..
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    The connector is on the board but you'll need to source the cable. There are a couple threads on here discussing this.

    Here's one

    Another You'll want to read the whole thing and not jump on the first part linked.
  3. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    I've done it.

    $40 and by far easier to just peel the cable off.
  4. scaramoosh thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    Ah cool, this will be my first mac so if I take both drives out, where do I download Mac OSX and install? Is it as easy as just torrenting it and making a bootable USB stick like with Windows?
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    It's even easier.

    Just download Yosemite off the Mac App Store and then use DiskMaker X to create a bootable USB stick out of it.
  6. scaramoosh thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    Got one today, I really like it and I don't get the criticism it gets in reviews. I think it is great for the price it is and you'll struggle to find something as good for the price on Windows and in the same form factor.

    Just testing out games with it, CS:GO, Dota 2, Metro 2033 and Cities Skylines all play fine. What more could you ask for really? I build my own Windows PCs and I'm impressed as my first ever Mac experience, though I think Windows 7 is way better than OSX so far.

    Yeh I'll open it up tomorrow, I'm pleased, finally an Apple product being sold at the right price lol.
  7. bcave098 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Northern British Columbia
    AirDrop requires Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be turned on. If one (or both) is off, it doesn't work. Plus it doesn't work if the firewall is up.

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