Mac Mini 4308U Fusion vs. 4278U SSD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by HectorBarbossa, Jun 21, 2016.


Which Mac Mini to buy for the same price?

  1. Mac mini i5-4308U + Fusion drive

  2. Mac mini i5-4278U + SSD

  1. HectorBarbossa macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2016

    I want to buy a mac mini and I have an opportunity to buy one with i5-4308U(2.8GHz) + Fusion drive(1TB) or one with i5-4278U(2.6GHz) + SSD(256GB) for the same price. I believe that 256GB of SSD would be quite sufficient for me.

    I am a java developer and I just want to make most out of it.

    I realise 4278U has a bit better peformance on macs as well as the Fusion drive is a bit slower than SSD (espacially when runninng out of 128GB). Which one do you think would be more sufficient?
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I doubt it will make any difference to you either way.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I honestly wouldn't buy either of those for your usage. Personally I'd either wait until a Mac Mini update, or buy a 2012 quad-core i7 Mac Mini & throw an SSD/16GB RAM in.
  4. HectorBarbossa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2016
    Many thanks! I think I'll stick to your advice.
  5. xoAnna macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Planet Earth…
    PBI - Where is a reliable source for buying a 2012 quad-core i7 Mac Mini? Any particular stores? I can't seem to find them anymore on Apple (obviously). Thanks.
  6. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    the SSD i5 should get you where you need to be, i wouldn't waste you're time looking for (most likely overpriced) quad core Mac mini's. Having used a maxed out 2014 Mac mini it does quite a bit of what is needed compared to a quad 2012 mini. If you need quad core, try for a refurb 21-inch iMac.

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