Maxed out Mac Mini

GtrDude

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Holy smoke.....a maxed out 2018 Mac Mini would cost over 4,000 USD.

This probably means a maxed out new Mac Pro (possibly released next year) as maxed out may cost double that.

Apple is little by little pricing me out of their entire computer line....lol

I was looking forward to this release but now I'm not gonna get it.

Just wow...
 

mralexandercom

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dont forget adding a 5K display for another $1,000 - $1,500.

I am thinking of getting a fairly "descent" mac mini configuration:
  • 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)

You can always connect more storage, 16GB is enough for my needs, you can't upgrade the memory on the mac mini, and apple is very expensive for that.

My other option is to get an iMac where you can upgrade the memory
 

twennywonn

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Yes, I did. But I missed this part. So it is possible to upgrade the RAM easily and it would not void the apple care? Pressing the buy button.
There is a bit of conflicting info on this topic. One people don't know if the T2 will allow it and 2 if you have to remove the fan its possible it could void the warranty. I'm thinking it will be user-swappable without removing the fan and that the T2 chip will allow it. I don't think we will know for sure until someone or iFixit does it.
 
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GtrDude

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dont forget adding a 5K display for another $1,000 - $1,500.

I am thinking of getting a fairly "descent" mac mini configuration:
  • 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)

You can always connect more storage, 16GB is enough for my needs, you can't upgrade the memory on the mac mini, and apple is very expensive for that.

My other option is to get an iMac where you can upgrade the memory


Dude....that's still 1,499 plus tax.

Compare it to this: https://www.titancomputers.com/
 

ztw2002

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plus the keyboard and mouse, even the mid tier Mini will close to $2000. I am waiting for the shopping season and get a gaming desktop that cost less than the Mini.
 

Dreday24

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plus the keyboard and mouse, even the mid tier Mini will close to $2000. I am waiting for the shopping season and get a gaming desktop that cost less than the Mini.
why are you cross shopping a mac mini with a gaming desktop?
 

mralexandercom

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Boyd01

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Just had a quick look at the prices, they are about what I expected. For $1900 you can get a the best 6 core i7 CPU, 32gb RAM and a 256gb SSD. I had assumed that would cost about $2000.

What surprised me is that I expected the maximum RAM to be 32gb. It would cost another $800 to max out the RAM to 64gb, and $2,700 at Apple's prices isn't very surprising. Now if you want a 2TB ssd, of course that will get very expensive.
 

pl1984

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Maxed out Mac Pro in 2012 was over 20 grand.

They're workstations, you buy them to make money, not sit around and twiddle thumbs on Reddit or whatever people do these days.

A maxed out HP Z8 costs over $250,000.
I do not consider the Mini to be a workstation class system. I like the Mini (have two 2012 models) and I really like the new Mini. But I do not consider either of them to be workstations.

I do think the spirit of the Mini is lost with the current pricing but the 2018 model has a lot of bang for the buck. Having said that Apple will charge what the market will bear. So far there seem to be a lot of people willing to pay Apple's prices (many of them complaining while doing so).
 

RobbieTT

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I do not consider the Mini to be a workstation class system. I like the Mini (have two 2012 models) and I really like the new Mini. But I do not consider either of them to be workstations.
I have three 2012 Mac minis, 2 of which I do not consider to be workstations, just multimedia clients. The 3rd mini is a true workstation with an i7, 2xSSDs, running 24/7 as a headless server in a 1U rack bay. It also does double-duty batch-encoding media in the silent hours as well as running as a DVR.

Being a workstation isn't a fixed specification and is more linked to your usage. The older Mac mini was one of the few powerful, sub-1U, energy frugal and quiet machines out there that could run reliably for years and years. The 2014 Mac mini was a dud; the 2018 mini will be a worthy replacement for those looking for an unassuming workhorse of a machine.
 
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