Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation

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After two years, Apple finally updated but the Mac mini. We compare the two generations of the smallest Macs and ask us at the end: When the update is perhaps downgrade and worth the purchase of the old model?

Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation

Caveat: Outwardly, the two years of the Mac minis not distinguish - dimensions and weight are identical. However, the new Mac mini is now very closed, is no longer open to the user without warranty loss - we reported.

Mac mini: Connections and communication

 

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Let's start with the positive. Connection Technically, presented the new Mac mini of the vintage 2014, on the amount of time. have been added two thunderbolt-2-connections (Up to 20 Gbit / s). He must renounce contrast to the previously installed FireWire 800 port. Can you get over, because promising the old technology is no more. Whoever still has old periphery, engages either the appropriate adapter *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation or includes a Thunderbolt dock with FireWire (for example, Belkin Express Dock *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation).

Mac mini 2012Mac mini 2014
Thunderbolt1x thunderbolt (up to 10 Gbit / s)2x thunderbolt 2 (up to 20 Gbit / s)
FireWire1x FireWire 800 (up to 800 Mbit / s)No
USB4x USB ports 3 (up to 5 Gbit / s)4x USB ports 3 (up to 5 Gbit / s)
HDMIYesYes
SD slotSDXC card slotSDXC card slot
Ethernet10/100 / 1000BASE-T (Gigabit)10/100 / 1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
AudioAudio Input / OutputAudio Input / Output
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESSn IEEE 802.11a / b / g /IEEE 802.11a / g / b / n / ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0

Also supports the Mac mini *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation the fastest and latest WLAN technology 802.11ac. Provided you have a compatible router (may or may not come from Apple), the data flit is the only way through the ether.

By the way: Even the not-find in other Macs IR port for the optional remote control *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation has made it to the new model.

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Memory, disk and CPU: A throwback

cpu_ram_mac_miniA sad chapter. Although the new Mac mini can compared with the model year 2012 *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation are still equipped with up to a maximum of 16 GB of RAM, but a later retrofit is no longer possible. Apple recently soldered memory and the processor - an exchange thus ruled out categorically. Summary: Right from the purchase should also be clear and prefer to accept somewhat more memory. However, the prices of these are not a serious bargain. 8 GB RAM the smallest model Apple requires a surcharge of 100 euros for 16 GB even 300 euros. 200 euros will cost to upgrade from 8 to 16 GB of RAM for the larger models.

Mac mini 2012Mac mini 2014
random access memoryup to 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM (replaceable)a maximum of 16 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM (soldered)
HDD / SSD500 GB or 1 TB HDD or SSD 256 GB or 1 TB fusion drive500 GB or 1 TB hard disk or 256GB, 512GB, 1 TB SSD or 1 TB fusion drive
processors2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz) 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz) 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz)1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (turbo boost up to 2.7 GHz), 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz) 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz) 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (turbo boost up to 3.5 GHz)

The SSD memory within a fusion drive (Combination of SSD and hard disk) is activated on the new Mac mini via PCIe, it promises a significant speed increase - a clear recommendation for a Fussion Drive. For that, the waived the extension of a second hard drive. Only a single SATA port has the little Mac. Consequently, also fell the server model *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation the Mac mini from the Apple program.

mac_mini_unterseiteAccess to the interior is blocked, the simple rotation mechanism of the old model to open the Mac mini is no longer available.

The processors come from the current Haswell family of Intel, not yet available successor Broadwell is not used. The old Mac mini, however, uses the immediate precursor of Haswell, Ivy Bridge. Really faster but the new Mac mini compared to previous thus not, because now there are only dual-core models. Variants with four cores *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation are also at an additional cost no more to be had. Especially for arithmetic operations that support multiple cores, this disadvantage is very clear - we reported on relevant benchmark results. Especially the entry level model of the new Mac mini clocked with a 1.4GHz Core i5 is anything but a "Sprinter".

Bottom stitch: The non-upgradeable RAM and the lack of quad-core processors are bemängeln- a real update is different.

Graphics Performance: Advantage for the new Mac mini

4k_mac_miniThe new Mac mini can also 4K HDMI, but only with 30 Hz or 24 Hz - for Ultra HD TVs sufficient for quick games do not.

Better graphics performance of the new Mac mini. In the old model, the Intel HD Graphics 4000 still puttering - 4K displays or televisions could not drive to it. Better, the new Mac mini. In the smallest model Apple uses Intel's HD Graphics 5000, the two larger versions use the Intel Iris Graphics. By HDMI can it also 4K displays or TVs use. The downside: Correct liquid screen structure is not then. A maximum of 30 Hz at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, a maximum of 24 Hz at a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The larger MacBook Pros (15 inches) and the Mac Pro will appeal to 60 Hz such pixel monster after all.

mac_mini_2014Compact and aluminum as before, the new Mac mini of the vintage, 2014.

Prices: Supposed price cut

The price could easily reduce Apple. The entry level with the - unfortunately very weak - Core i5 (1.4 GHz) will cost at the Apple Store 519 € *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation. His predecessor, however, 599 Euro *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation, but it is likely to be faster on the go. At the high end (models 719 euros and 1,019 euros *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation) Lost the supposed price advantage, because instead of quad-core processors *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation there's only two-core fare.

Conclusion and Recommendation: Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012

Point worth noting is: The Mac mini is still the most affordable Mac and thus for quite a few potential and attractive "gateway drug" into the world of OS X. On the other hand is also true: The old Mac mini could still upgrade and thanks to quad-core processors, it was a powerful alternative to the larger iMacs. A fully featured update that everyone can be satisfied has since not donated us Apple. Power-hungry Mac Mini enthusiasts should possibly even to the remnants of the old model *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation to grab. All other (especially Mac beginners) may also courageously choose the somewhat stripped-down, the new Mac mini.

  • Buy Mac mini (2014) Apple *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation (From 519 euros)
  • Mac mini (2012) with dual-core i5 from Amazon *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation (About 580 euros)
  • Mac mini (2012) with quad-core i7 from Amazon *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation (About 850 euros)
  • Mac mini Server (2012) Buy from Amazon *Mac mini 2014 vs. Mac mini 2012: compare and buy recommendation (About 990 euros)

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