Late 2014 Upgrade Thread

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Brandy92, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Brandy92 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    By now we have all seen there is a new Mini amongst us.

    This thread will serve to advise on upgradability when the information is available.

    The two biggest issues without confirmation are:

    • Is the RAM upgradable or soldered to the logic board?
    • Is there room for a second HDD/SSD and does this require a second cable?

    Due to no official information being available, for now feel free to speculate. ;)
  2. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    If you get the pcie flash storage, the bay is empty and free to use.
  3. Brandy92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    I guess this means there may be only one HDD bay in the new mini.
  4. rols macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    I speculate that the new RAM is soldered to the board, glued on, covered in brown goop and has a finger-sized mousetrap attached which goes off when it detects a spudger. it probably sends a coded message via your iCloud account if you attempt to open the case and also tells your mother you've been bad.
  5. Ridley macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    No way, its the same form factor and they still over the Fusion drive (which is two drives).

    My guess is nothing has changed internally. You can still probably DIY your own 2nd drive and still upgrade the RAM. Time will tell though and i'm waiting for that too.

    I was very pleasantly surprised to see triple monitor support (2 thunderbolt + 1 hdmi). I have three monitors and usually use a triplehead2go but there are obvious cons to that setup. I'm stoked.

    I was disappointed to not get a quad core option NOR a Iris Pro 5200. That would have been the perfect machine and i would have paid a premium for it. I think the sweet spot for me is going to be i5 2.6 Ghz (since from there up they have the same iris pro 5100), fusion drive (because I don't feel like messing around with it and a 256 gig SSD is a better proposition for the $200 upgrade), and the base 8 gig of RAM (because I can likely upgrade later if i want).

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