No more Mini Quads ever?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dogslobber, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    If you review the new Broadwell-M chips then you'll notice the dearth of 4 core cpus. Indeed one thing that jumps out is that the 1.2ghz without TB so is that the future for the late 2015/early 2016 Mini? i.e. even LOWER base clock rate than the 2014 Mini and no 4 core ever again.

    Grab those 2012 quads while they're still hot!
  2. giggles, Nov 4, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014

    giggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2012
    Broadwell-Y (aka Core M) is just a slice of the Broadwell cake. That's what you're referring to.

    Broadwell-U that will be launched at CES in January won't include quads either.

    Broadwell-H will come in quadcore flavors. Dual and quads will be available on the same bga socket this time (unlike on Haswell = that's why no quads in Mini 2014).


    if next mini uses broadwell Y = no quads and new hockey puck extremely small (or extremely thin) format

    if next mini uses broadwell U = same old format, no quads

    if next mini uses broadwell H = same old format, both dual and quads a possibility (vs. impossible with haswell without designing two different motherboards)

    if next mini skips broadwell and aim directly for skylake in late 2015 or Easter 2016 = same old format, quad cores, ddr4, Thunderbolt3 ports, 5K tb-display ready

    Hot as in "you can fry eggs on them" being powered by 45W tech designed inside intel labs like back in last decade.
  3. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Having them run hot was Apple's decision.
  4. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    There will be mobile quad-core Broadwell and Skylake CPUs. Whether Apple will use them is a different consideration.
  5. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    The next version of the mini will be single-core, and it'll come with a 64GB SSD soldered to the motherboard. But don't worry, you'll be able to upgrade to a 256GB SSD for $450.

    Apple should realise that if they release a newer model of something, and the value of the older model actually increases (e.g. 2012 Mac mini, Apple TV 2), they've made a mistake.

    Then again, they've got more money than the US government, so I don't think they really care.
  6. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    seems quad core minis are the new 12" Powerbooks, or 17" Macbook Pros, or G4 cubes, or Cheese grater Mac Pros.

    What others am I missing?
  7. johngwheeler macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    I come from a land down-under...
    That's right - it's a (good) design decision to use the aluminium case as a heat sink. Instead of keeping the thermal energy inside the case and having to use a more powerful (and noisy) fan to expel the hot air, there use the case to do some of the work. As you don't often touch a desktop computer, this is a good design choice.

    Laptops are a different matter - my 2007 MBP gets really hot above the function keys. I remember suffering sweaty hands in summer using that laptop, so I used to carry a bluetooth keyboard (or a fan!) with me.
  8. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2012
    Yes, buy two year old hardware everyone. This makes perfect sense.
  9. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Worked for me. I've got a 2.3 and a 2.6!
  10. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    The Mini is going the way of a network appliance. Likely future editions will be hockey puck size, fully sealed, non-upgradeable, low power consumption and only meant to get users to/from iCloud with little or no local processing. The product lineup is a funnel meant to feed buyers into the next higher level (iMac, Mac Pro etc).
  11. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2012
    sounds good. DIY people have no place in the apple eco-system.
  12. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    What's it to you? People who like sealed systems already have the rMBP/MBA/imac 21 to drool over. Are you Schiller's or Cook's secretary?

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