New Mac Mini is out. Is (almost) everyone happy now?

Marhowl

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At least they have Finally updated the darn thing! :)

So, here's what it can do

- Up to 6-Core. 4-core as minimal configuration.
- Up to 64GB of Ram that you can upgrade yourself if you buy the base 8GB model. Not soldered to the Logicboard by Apple!
- 2TB SSD
- 4 Thunderbolt ports and 10Gb Ethernet

However. USD 799 is quite a steep starting price considering in the past they would start between 500 - 650



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aliensporebomb

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Just get the i7 and forget about the i3. Even if it's a quadcore i3. Has the makings of a little monster though I must say and using the TB3 ports to drive an external beefier video card you could have even more power.
 
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redheeler

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Just get the i7 and forget about the i3. Even if it's a quadcore i3. Has the makings of a little monster though I must say and using the TB3 ports to drive an external beefier video card you could have even more power.
Definitely curious what the price of hex-core i7 and 256 GB SSD is. I was hoping to see both these things at $1,099, as well as dGPU which didn't happen (eGPU is doable, but drives the cost up by several hundred).
 

StellarVixen

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Yes, I am. Exactly what i expected, with no unpleasant surprises, and two pleasant surprises.

First, desktop CPU. That thing is gonna be a little more power hungry, and also will heat up much more. That's why am I gonna wait a little, to see how thermals hold up. Second, user upgradeable RAM. Nice thing, so unlike 2018 Apple.
 

potatis

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I remember the G4 Cube could be upgraded from 100MB to 1GB ethernet....
But will space gray be the only option?
 
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useme2305

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anyone got a snapshot of the rear to post quickly?

i am stunned at the specs.

64gb ram possibily? is there even a ram bar with 32gigs? this is me assuming that there are two slots. are there?
 

MrWillie

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Yes. Options for 64GB RAM and 10GB ethernet? Looks like they are finally taking the mini seriously. There's finally an option for us desktop users who want a lot of power, don't want an all-in-one, and don't want to pay for a Mac Pro.
You don’t think that by the time you click all the boxes that you’ll be up there price wise with an entry level pro ?
 

iosuser

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No, they can't possibly please everyone :p

I'm probably the only one here disappointed that the base model no longer uses a 2.5" hard drive, and my guess is there's no longer a slot in it for a 2.5" drive. I've owned a few different Mac Minis, including the 2014 base model. First thing I always do is install my own 2.5" SSD, and in the 2012 version I keep the original hard drive and install a 2.5" SSD for a dual drive setup which is the most ideal. And I don't really care for having the fastest PCIe SSD's, which makes no difference compared to a 2.5" SATA3 drive in normal use.

If it turns out there is a slot for a 2.5" drive, then yes I'll be happy.
 

redheeler

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Given it said 8th gen i3 3.6GHz, we're talking 65W desktop processor: i3 8100
So $799 is not a bad starting price.
Performance wise it's comparabl to the fastest quad core 2012 macmini:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-3720QM-vs-Intel-i7-4578U-vs-Intel-i3-8100/895vs2345vs3103
True, performance is comparable to the mobile i5-8259U I was hoping for at that price point. Still would've been nice to see the switch to desktop processors mean hex-core as standard.
 

strawbale

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True, performance is comparable to the mobile i5-8259U I was hoping for at that price point. Still would've been nice to see the switch to desktop processors mean hex-core as standard.
I was also hoping for and preferring a mobile quadcore (i5-8259u), which has better performance and better iGPU (iris plus 655 with 128 eDRAM):
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-3720QM-vs-Intel-i3-8100-vs-Intel-i5-8259U/895vs3103vs3299

They'd better have a big slow fan in there otherwise it'll be very noisy...