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Apple unveils its most powerful Mac mini ever

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Oct 30, 2018
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  1. Apple on Tuesday announced the most powerful Mac mini ever created, boasting up to five times the performance of the previous model. The speed bump is largely a product of quad- and six-core chips from Intel’s 8th generation family of Core processors.

    Alongside Intel UHD graphics, the new Mac mini can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and as much as 2TB of SSD storage that’s four times faster than before. Apple has also baked in its T2 Security Chip which enables on-the-fly data encryption and ensures that software loaded during the boot process hasn’t been compromised.

    The Mac mini offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB Type-A ports, an audio jack and a Gigabit Ethernet connection (there’s also an option for 10 Gigabit Ethernet for the first time). Its chassis is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and ships running macOS Mojave, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

    Apple’s new Mac mini will be available to pre-order from today starting at $799 which gets you an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. A model with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD starts at $1,099 and scales up from there.

    Should you opt for the top-of-the-line configuration with a Core i7 chip, 64GB of memory, 2TB of storage and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, be prepared to pay a whopping $4,199.

    Like the new MacBook Air, it launches on November 7.

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,473   +1,046

    They're technically not wrong... but it could've been said even if they only bumped the specs up slightly lol.
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,533   +3,123

    Looks like a perfect platform for running a combo of web server + database server at home. The latest PostgreSQL in particular, will perform superbly on such a machine - 64GB of RAM, plus super-fast SSD, plus 10Gbit Ethernet, like a proper corporate server.
     
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  4. "Should you opt for the top-of-the-line configuration with a Core i7 chip, 64GB of memory, 2TB of storage and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, be prepared to pay a whopping $4,199."

    W.T.F.

    Who in their right mind would pay for something like that? You could build two of your own computers for that price!
     
  5. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 767   +656

    Yeah, that's the wrong sort of chassis for those specs. However there are all sorts out there with lotsa $ to spend so who knows? I'd love to know if they sell/ship one of that configuration, ever.
     
  6. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Evangelist Posts: 433   +509

    Apple loves using the "fastest/best/greatest/ i___ EVER" jargon. Gets the crowd all tingly.
     
    m4a4 and Fearghast like this.
  7. I love the size (or is it 'the lack of size')?
     
    Reehahs likes this.

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