i7 2.7GHz - Server model?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Snips, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Snips macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
    I'd been hanging on for the 2011 Mac mini refresh, and when it was launched I dashed out to pick up the fastest Server available (assuming that was the fastest mini available).

    A few months later I was surprised to notice that whereas my i7 server runs at 2.0GHz, there's a BTO option for a i7 that runs at 2.7GHz for the non-Server model (only). I would have definitely gone for that option with the Server had it been available, but it's not available for the Server, even BTO.

    My i7 Server certainly runs warmer than my older mini.

    Do we assume that the extra drive in the Server model does not allow enough cooling for a 2.7GHz i7 option, so it's limited to the non-Server model with a single drive?

    Could there be another reason Apple doesn't offer a Server with i7 running at 2.7 GHZ?
  2. AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    The 2.7 i7 is only a dual core, the server i7 is a quad. Depending on what you are doing with it the 2.7 may be a bit faster, though it comes with a single, slower hard drive compared to the server, so I/O would be a bit crippled. With multithreaded apps, the little quad easily bests the 2.7, it would be my choice....
  3. Snips thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
    Ah, that's interesting, I had assumed i5 == dual-core and i7 == quad-core. Thanks for the clarification.
  4. useme2305 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    hey, your server 2.0 i7 (quad) is way faster than the 2.7 i7 non-server (dual)
  5. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England

    There are quad core i5 and i7 chips and dual core i5 and i7 chips. The mini server is the only one that uses a quad core (i7 2 GHz). The other minis use various dual core chips (i5 and i7).

    All of the info can be found on everymac.com
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    from wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_mini

    2.0 GHz quad-core (Intel Core i7-2635QM) = mac mini server

    specs from intel



    Optional 2.7 GHz dual-core (Intel Core i7-2620M) = mac mini i7 dual core

    specs from intel



    both of the minis in question cpus are from intels i7-2600m line of cpus


    the fastest dual core would be this:


    the fastest quad core is this


    neither one is far and above what is in the minis now
  7. bwrairen macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Only if his apps are built to take advantage of the quad cores.

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