Mini with fusion drive or SSD?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jpa66, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. jpa66 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
    Ok, I'm ready to get a mini. I'm assuming that the SSD would be a better option than the fusion drive, but I just wanted a few opinions before taking the plunge.

    I'm just going to go with the extra expense of letting Apple put it in when I order it. I realize that I could save a few bucks and install another drive myself, but I'm a bit too apprehensive around computers to try it ( as much as I'd like to) and I really don't have the time right now. I can ( and will ) buy and install my own additional memory, though, as it's something I have done in the past on my iMac.

  2. skillz1318 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2006
    I just had this internal debate with myself and went with a fusion drive for more storage, and you get close to the same performance as the SSD is always written first.

    Lots of threads on here discussing it as well...
  3. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Given that they only offer a 256GB SSD, I'd go with the Fusion Drive option as you'll at least have more storage to play with while still having the benefits of larger capacity.
  4. vc1212 macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2012
    I've gone with SSD. There are 3 key reasons against Fusion (for me):

    1. Fusion consists of 2 physical drives, if any of them breakdown, it will be a nightmare for me to recover the drives' content as I won't know what is located where.

    2. I don't need a 1 TB internal drive as I can attach a larger external drive via USB3.

    3. If one day 512GB SSD is cheap enough, it will be easier for me to swap my 256GB SSD out and upgrade than dealing with a Fusion.

    Lastly, I think a Mac Mini with non-moving parts is quite attractive. :)
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    well 1 part moves (fan)
    but on a serious note 1 ssd of 256gb will run cooler then a fusion setup or at least pull a few watts less since you are only powering 1 drive not 2.
  6. hamkor04 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    i'm having little heat problem, mini 2012 i7, swapped HDD with SSD (OSZ Vertex 3, green one) and for normal web browsing mini gets worm, which is unusual, run hardware test, 4M0T/1/40000002:Exhaust-0 error. Apple car e couldn't identify (or didn't) the code, and said that code will be or being investigated by engineering team, yesterday swapped HDD back and now running much cooler for same use, it's little strange

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