We got our Mac mini at the same time as the iMac, but we decided to take our time and investigate the hardware thoroughly. Our efforts paid off: Mac mini disassembly.
A Mini progression (PowerPC on left, 2009 model on right)
Here are the teardown highlights:
- Both the hard drive and RAM are easily upgradeable once you remove the upper case.
- The processor is now soldered to the logic board. Those people who had grown accustomed to upgrading mini processors will be greatly disappointed by this.
- As usual for the mini, a putty knife is required to disassemble it. (we sell this tool)
- The SuperDrive used in the new Mac mini is finally SATA, as in the new iMacs and MacBooks.
- If you install 2GB RAM in a $599 low-end mini, it recognizes and uses 256 MB of video memory.
- Apple’s ‘high end’ $799 mini is a complete rip-off. For $200, you only get 1 GB extra memory (market price $20) and 200 GB additional hard drive space (market price $50).