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Last Edited by annie930ny June 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM
http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD388LL/A/mac-mini-23ghz-quad-core-intel-core-i7
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Apple has the 2012 Mac Mini quad core models in their clearance section for $699.00.

Brand new, not refurbished.

4GB memory
1TB hard drive1
Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
Intel HD Graphics 4000
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you need to put 2012 model in title as I thought it was current year model
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Quote from ArchEnemy84 View Post :
you need to put 2012 model in title as I thought it was current year model
2012 was the last year quad core was available for the Mac Mini. These machines are still sought after for the CPU. They usually only show up in the refurb section for a few minutes (and only once every few months) before they are snatched up. These guys are brand new in comparison. I just picked up 2.
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2012 was the last year quad core was available for the Mac Mini.
no I'm not saying that it's just to me when I read it is as new meaning latest model and not refurbished..thanks for updating

edit: tu for fixing thanks again
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What's this good for? It's 3x the cost of a NUC.
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2012 was the last year quad core was available for the Mac Mini. These machines are still sought after for the CPU. They usually only show up in the refurb section for a few minutes before they are snatched up. I just picked up 2.
Wow, it's been that long since the Mini's have been relevant? I just upgraded my M350 chassis Hackintosh to a 3.2Ghz i7-3700S because I felt that the essentially 1/2 cut-down i3-3225 wasn't enough. Not sure how I'd be able to live with only 2.3Ghz these days.
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What's this good for? It's 3x the cost of a NUC.
These models are the last ones offered by Apple that you can expand the RAM and HDD for. If you want a quad core Mac at a reasonable price, these are your only options. Other than that, you would have to upgrade to a 15" MBP or a Mac Pro.
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Wow, it's been that long since the Mini's have been relevant? I just upgraded my M350 chassis Hackintosh to a 3.2Ghz i7-3700S because I felt that the essentially 1/2 cut-down i3-3225 wasn't enough. Not sure how I'd be able to live with only 2.3Ghz these days.
What? thats just the base clock, and thats how apple advertises all their machines (using base clock). You do know it can turbo to 3.3 GHz right?

The mini's quad core would put that i3 to shame in multi-threaded task and be slightly faster in single threaded task.
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good computer but still too expensive for 4 year old tech. dont get me wrong, the cpu is still relevant but youll be missing out on better efficiency and much improved igpu. and you have to add the extra cost to upgrade ram and drive.
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Quote from chunkymunky25 View Post :
good computer but still too expensive for 4 year old tech. dont get me wrong, the cpu is still relevant but youll be missing out on better efficiency and much improved igpu. and you have to add the extra cost to upgrade ram and drive.
Eh, I dont think the GPU argument is relevant since this and the 2014's will both be so weak as to be nearly worthless for any GPU centered task. Even if the 2014's iGPU is up to 80% faster.

Sure the Iris 5100 in the 2014 mini might be able to play team fortress at 1080p fluently vs 720p for the HD 4000 but I dont think that will be relevant to mac mini buyers.

You are missing out on thunderbolt 2 and extra thunderbolt port. No wireless AC or PCIe drive support. 2014 mini is also more efficient and could be faster in single threaded task depending on CPU (i7).

All in all, I dont think I would spend $700 on a 2012 mini, especially one with a 5400 RPM Drive. But I suppose this is the cheapest way to get a quad core mac with up to 16gb memory.

You know you are going to have to buy at least 2 x 4gb sticks of ram(if not 2 x 8gb) and an SSD so you are already over $800 at that point, add in tax and you could be near ~$900 once you get this usable. At that point id just buy a 4K iMac(these are quad core and DCI-P3 certified) for ~$800-$900 on eBay no tax.
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$699 for hd4000 in 2016 and the ability to expand ram and hd. farking Apple.
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What? thats just the base clock, and thats how apple advertises all their machines (using base clock). You do know it can turbo to 3.3 GHz right?

The mini's quad core would put that i3 to shame in multi-threaded task and be slightly faster in single threaded task.
EDIT: This chip turbos up to 3.1 on 4 cores, previous numbers are all wrong--although it is still a $700 QT/HT IB. But hey at least it has USB 3.0
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Yeah, that's exactly what I was getting at--that daul-core minis are irrelevant nowadays, but even this 2.1 Quad-HT IB is lacking.
* I wasn't satisfied with my fixed 3.3 Dual IB
* The mini only turbos to 3.3 with a single thread
* Yes, multithreaded beats the i3 with 4x 2.1Ghz, ~25% faster than 2x 3.3
* Not satisfied with the 3225, I upgraded to a 3.1 Quad-HT IB (3.9 Turbo)
* Only now do I feet satisfied in a complete build that I won't fiddle with anymore, and that's with a chip that is ~30% faster than this one.
Again, What? I dont think you fully grasp the concept of "Turbo" and base clock.

This specific mini has a base clock of 2.3, NOT 2.1. The specific CPU used is a 3615QM : http://www.notebookcheck.net/Inte...453.0.html

This mini will turbo up to 3.1 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.2 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 GHz (for 1 active core). Apple advertises base clock as it wont always be turbo'ing depending on task.
As a result your calculations are very wrong.

Not sure where you are getting your info... but please stop.
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Last edited by juggar June 22, 2016 at 11:31 AM
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Again, What? I dont think you fully grasp the concept of "Turbo" and base clock.

This specific mini has a base clock of 2.3, NOT 2.1. The specific CPU used is a 3615QM : http://www.notebookcheck.net/Inte...453.0.html [notebookcheck.net]

This mini will turbo up to 3.1 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.2 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 GHz (for 1 active core). Apple advertises base clock as it wont always be turbo'ing depending on task.
As a result your calculations are very wrong.

Not sure where you are getting your info... but please stop.
Ah wow, yeah I totally messed up pretty much every single turbo boost profile number
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What's this good for? It's 3x the cost of a NUC.
laugh out loudlaugh out loudlaugh out loud
people need to stop posting deals on trash. a 2012 i7 should go for 1/3 the price if youre lucky.
this isnt even close to a deal.
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