Why is 2012 Mac Mini server $200 more expensive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by 808?, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. 808? macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
    As titled - why are identically spec minis USD$200 apart:

    Example: 2.6Ghz i7, 4Gb ram, 1 x 256Gb SSD $1,099

    Server version with exact same specs is $1,299

    Assuming the OS X server additional software is only USD$20?
  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    Perhaps the server model contains extra server-centric software, besides the server itself? Things like heightend security and a custom version of OS X come to mind.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you can upgrade to OS X Server on any Mac that meets the requirements. The Server is the custom version of OS X, and includes all the required software.

    The only hardware difference I can think of is support for a 2nd drive in the server model.
  4. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    No, its none of that. The only software difference is the $20.00 server app. Same Mavericks. You can add the server app to any Mac anyway.

    The Server has two 1TB 5400rpm drives. There are also added flex SATA cable, screws and labor for the install.

    Otherwise the logic board, CPU, GPU etc etc is identical to the non-server equivalent.

    Perhaps the price difference on having an SSD in the Server version is that they have to do a manual build on the drives.
  5. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    Ah, thank you both for that information. Good to know.

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