Mac Mini models

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by red11, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. red11 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    Unfortunately I am not the most clued up when it comes to model specs, so hopefully you guys can help! I am currently eyeing up the mid or the top end Mac mini, but the only difference I am seeing is .2ghz in processing and the word 'fusion' being snuck in for the drive (both 1 tb). This seems a very small difference for a £230 price increase? Or is it?

    Am I better off buying the mid range one and increasing the ram with some after market chips?

    Your advice would be much appreciated! Thanks
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    "Fusion" is actually a big difference.

    The mid-range model has a single 1 Tb spinning disk hard drive.

    The top end model has a 1 Tb spinning disk hard drive PLUS a smaller solid state drive (SSD) which stores the OS and frequently-used applications. This greatly speeds up boot times, loading times, and overall operation of those applications. In this case, the spinning drive is used primarily for data storage.
     
  3. bent00 macrumors newbie

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    You can no longer upgrade the ram as it is soldered to the motherboard in current mac minis. You must purchase the machine that already contains all of the ram you think you'll ever need. Definitely get one with a fusion drive. There's currently a i5/8Gb/1Tb fusion on the refurb store (but could be gone in 5 minutes). That's what I'd get. Or wait until you see a 16Gb (most ram you can get in a current mini) on the refurb store.
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    As others have mentioned, you should buy the gpu, cpu and as much ram as you might need now, because these specs can not be upgraded later.
     
  5. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    Also consider going SSD-only, depending on the amount of data you've got and your use-cases (which you neglected to mention, BTW).
     
  6. red11 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    The 1Tb Fusion is now down to 24GB SSD from previous 128GB.

    I believe the 2Tb Fusion still retains the larger SSD.
     
  8. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    the 1tb fusion drive in the mac mini has a 126gb ssd not a 24gb ssd.
     

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