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Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: January 02, 2018 03:50PM
Here's one at Microcenter. [www.microcenter.com]

I'm out of the loop. Upgrading the ram on my current Mac Mini was simple.

Is it so on this model? What about the price?



Bryan
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: AllGold
Date: January 02, 2018 03:59PM
According to Everymac.com, on that model, RAM cannot be upgraded. You can get it configured with 16GB but you have to buy it that way.



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: January 02, 2018 04:06PM
well, that rules that one out.



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 02, 2018 04:13PM
You really dont want anything with a spinny drive unless its a fusion drive.

Since you only seem to be running 8 GB now (no idea if you have a SSD?), 8 GB in a newer mini with a Fusion drive runs great.

Out of couriosity, what are you trying to gain by moving to a new mini? More storage? USB 3? faster facebook? faster photoshop? faster 4K video editing?



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: January 02, 2018 04:29PM
No, still have the original 2010 5400rpm drive. Larger hard drive. More ram. Overall, my 2010 Mac mini, now 8 years old, is starting to show its age here and there.

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jdc
You really dont want anything with a spinny drive unless its a fusion drive.

Since you only seem to be running 8 GB now (no idea if you have a SSD?), 8 GB in a newer mini with a Fusion drive runs great.

Out of couriosity, what are you trying to gain by moving to a new mini? More storage? USB 3? faster facebook? faster photoshop? faster 4K video editing?



Bryan
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Mac Mini 2.4 GHz/8GB ram High Sierra
MacBook Pro (Early 2008 model) 2.4 GHz, 4GB ram, 200GB hard drive/ Mac OS 10.9.1 and XP SP3
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 02, 2018 04:49PM
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No, still have the original 2010 5400rpm drive. Larger hard drive. More ram. Overall, my 2010 Mac mini, now 8 years old, is starting to show its age here and there.

This is easy -- drop a SSD into it and it will feel 10x faster than when it was new. Dont even need for ram.

Not super simple, but go slow and its easy: [eshop.macsales.com]

If you are just now feeling like its "starting to show its age" -- then Im assuming that your usage is pretty light.



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: January 02, 2018 04:50PM
Oh, NO... Apple is Doomed. Now they're slowing down old Mac Mini's... Where will it end? ? ? ? ? ?

angry villagers smiley



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: hal
Date: January 02, 2018 04:59PM
Now is NOT a good time to buy a current model mini. They are grossly overpriced and due for an update. RAM is fixed on all models.
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: January 02, 2018 05:57PM
Hadn't realized the ram was fixed. I'll hold out for something better.
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hal
Now is NOT a good time to buy a current model mini. They are grossly overpriced and due for an update. RAM is fixed on all models.



Bryan
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MacBook Pro (Early 2008 model) 2.4 GHz, 4GB ram, 200GB hard drive/ Mac OS 10.9.1 and XP SP3
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Location: Cincinnati
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: michaelb
Date: January 02, 2018 06:13PM
I am waiting for a new mini too. Mine is from 2009 so I am apparently patient.
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Bixby
Date: January 02, 2018 09:27PM
Seriously, a SSD as the system drive will make it feel like a new machine.
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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 03, 2018 01:58AM
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Hadn't realized the ram was fixed. I'll hold out for something better.

If thats a criteria for you, then you will never buy a new mini... its never gonna change.

Their are only 2 macs with upgradeable ram -- the 27" iMac and the MacPro. I wouldnt be surprised if the next standard 27" iMac moves to the same setup as the iMac Pro and dumps the upgradeable too.

With the advent of SSDs, and now Flash drives 5X faster than SSDs -- loads of RAM is far less important than it was before. Moreso since it seems like your needs are very modest.

We have 3 older C2D iMacs (2007, 2008, 2009) -- Ive added SSDs to them -- and even with 3 GB of ram they run like a champ.

Under $150 for a 500 GB SSD and an hour to install = feels better than new.



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 03, 2018 07:09AM
.....upgradeability and Apple computers are no longer synonymous.....



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Re: Thinking about a new Mac Mini
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: January 03, 2018 07:28AM
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Hadn't realized the ram was fixed. I'll hold out for something better.

If thats a criteria for you, then you will never buy a new mini... its never gonna change.

Their are only 2 macs with upgradeable ram -- the 27" iMac and the MacPro. I wouldnt be surprised if the next standard 27" iMac moves to the same setup as the iMac Pro and dumps the upgradeable too.

I'd be surprised. With the laptops, Apple is constantly working to downsize/lighten and reduce heat/power. With the lousy CPUs in the 2014 Mac mini, Apple's only bragging point was that they reduced the power-demands which was accomplished by treating it like a MacBook Air.

The iMac Pro needed to have its guts reshuffled for the fans and ducting and the full-sized ECC RAM made it especially difficult to engineer a similarly innocuous access-hatch to swap memory.

There's no reason why the 27-inch iMac needs to be re-engineered in such a way as to make the memory inaccessible to the user. The case isn't getting any thinner and components keep getting smaller and more efficient so there's plenty of room for cooling.

I don't think that they're going to do this, but with greater efficiency at packing stuff in and keeping it cool, they could probably add a RAM hatch to the 21-inch in the next generation.



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