mini Question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TheAnvil, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. TheAnvil macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking about getting the i7 2.3 Mac mini.
    The primary reason, is that I want a machine running 24/7, hosting an Apache server, as well pushing two screens: a monitor and a TV.

    1) Do Thunderbolt to HDMI cables carry audio?

    2) In case I have multiple audio outputs 3.5mm, USB card and HDMI (and tb to HDMI); can I chose and switch output devices on the fly? Or at least duplicate audio streams on several/all outputs?

    3) How hot will they run at idle? Will I hear constant fan going?

    4) Installing an SSD alongside the 1tb drive it comes with, should be painless, right?

    Thanks.

    PS: I am not really interested in waiting for the next generation, because the current performance and form suit me, so please don't tell me to wait. :)
     
  2. themeerkat macrumors newbie

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    Yes.

    Yep, you choose between outputs in the Sound dialog in the System Preferences. Combining audio streams is a bit more complex, but can be done as well.

    Not hot at all; pretty much silent at idle.

    Not trivial, but not difficult either. As long as you're careful and patient with the process, you should have no issues :)

    If you're planning to buy today, at least wait 24 hours; never buy a due-for-refresh Apple product on a Monday!
     
  3. TheAnvil thread starter macrumors regular

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    Awesome! Thanks!
     
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Are you doing heavy Apache stuff?
    I turn off my Mini HTPC when not in use, and rely on a Raspberry Pi (35$, 5watt power consumption) for Apache. For me the speed of the Rasp is good enough.
     
  5. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502

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    Mine stays cool unless running a game or doing handbrake. The fan is very quiet while idling - my external hard drive is much, much louder than the mini's fan.
     
  6. TheAnvil thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I got it. I am extremely impressed with how silent it is. I don't hear the fan at all. Although I can hear the ticking of the internal HDD, time for an SSD!
     
  7. dalupus macrumors regular

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    Yeah that HDD can be quite annoying once you get used to not hearing them anymore.
     
  8. And macrumors 6502

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    Then wait until the Tuesday in the week after, and repeat until eventually the new one comes out. :)
     

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