New 1.4GHz Apple Mac Mini £399 @ Apple
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New 1.4GHz Apple Mac Mini £399 @ Apple

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Found 16th Oct 2014
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
4GB memory
500GB hard drive
Intel HD Graphics 5000
OS X Yosemite

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Where's the deal? This is the rrp.

I'm loving the new ColdUKRecommendRetailPrices site.

Slow CPU. Stingey amount of RAM. Old mechanical hard-drive. Integrated graphics.

Epic upgrade.

Pleased to see Apple haven't crucified the previous gen Mini owners.

My i5 mini wipes the floor with this. This 1.4 processor is going to struggle as a media server.

Been a while since I've seen an Apple deal get above 0 degrees, never mind hot!

DAZZ2000

My i5 mini wipes the floor with this. This 1.4 processor is going to … My i5 mini wipes the floor with this. This 1.4 processor is going to struggle as a media server.



But isn't that the recent trend with Intel? A lot of Haswell notebooks are the same, for instance (because I looked these) the Thinkpad T430/X230 vs the T440/X240 went from an i5-3320M (Ivy Bridge) to an i5-4200U (Haswell) and lost ~17% of it's CPU performance (based on Passmark). It's even worse since in the case of those Thinkpads (and other laptops) the graphic performance went down as they now use single-channel soldered memory (a trend of course started by Apple).

So I would not be surprised if Intel have a harder time getting people to upgrade.

The Mac Mini was pretty much one of the last Apple machines with an upgradeable HD and RAM. Sad to hear the new one is all soldered and made to order now. It will be going the way of the dodo with this iteration.
Edited by: "jpxdude" 16th Oct 2014

kgrings

But isn't that the recent trend with Intel? A lot of Haswell notebooks … But isn't that the recent trend with Intel? A lot of Haswell notebooks are the same, for instance (because I looked these) the Thinkpad T430/X230 vs the T440/X240 went from an i5-3320M (Ivy Bridge) to an i5-4200U (Haswell) and lost ~17% of it's CPU performance (based on Passmark). It's even worse since in the case of those Thinkpads (and other laptops) the graphic performance went down as they now use single-channel soldered memory (a trend of course started by Apple).So I would not be surprised if Intel have a harder time getting people to upgrade.



Don't get me wrong; the iris pro graphics embedded i5 and i7 processors are certainly impressive and would make for a powerful little unit if bought in either Mac Mini, GB Brix or Intel NUC varieties. They aren't cheap though and heat is always a concern in a small chassis.

i agree though that intel aren't currently pushing cpu boundaries except for on die VGA.

Underpowered and overpriced!

DAZZ2000

This 1.4 processor is going to struggle as a media server.



According to cpubenchmark, the processor is similar speed to prior gen macmini, but with superior graphics.

DAZZ2000

Don't get me wrong; the iris pro graphics embedded i5 and i7 processors … Don't get me wrong; the iris pro graphics embedded i5 and i7 processors are certainly impressive and would make for a powerful little unit if bought in either Mac Mini, GB Brix or Intel NUC varieties. They aren't cheap though and heat is always a concern in a small chassis.



But HD5000 is not even Iris just GT3, Iris is HD5100 and Iris Pro is HD5200 aka GT3e so depending on how these are configured these may perform poorly even for graphics if Apple went for single channel. HD5000 single channel vs even HD4000 (Ivy Bridge) dual channel would be very close or a win for Ivy Bridge. That's why (aside from the eDRAM HD5200 and an future similar AMD APUs with embedded RAM), a super small or slim design which sacrifices form for having dual channel is silly. Even more so in this case since i5/i7 with HD5000 cost a premium.

Note: not a big Mac follower but a quick google did not get me any info whether these are single or dual channel: would assume the 4GB version is single channel though.

Best graphics on the market

Banned

1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

enough said.

kgrings

But HD5000 is not even Iris just GT3, Iris is HD5100 and Iris Pro is … But HD5000 is not even Iris just GT3, Iris is HD5100 and Iris Pro is HD5200 aka GT3e so depending on how these are configured these may perform poorly even for graphics if Apple went for single channel. HD5000 single channel vs even HD4000 (Ivy Bridge) dual channel would be very close or a win for Ivy Bridge. That's why (aside from the eDRAM HD5200 and an future similar AMD APUs with embedded RAM), a super small or slim design which sacrifices form for having dual channel is silly. Even more so in this case since i5/i7 with HD5000 cost a premium.Note: not a big Mac follower but a quick google did not get me any info whether these are single or dual channel: would assume the 4GB version is single channel though.



No you misunderstood; I was referring to the other 2 new Mac Mini options now available with iris pro on-board. As you rightly say, this cheaper model offered here has the older and less capable hd5000 chipset.

Either way though, 4gb by today's standards is a little stingey. Fairly sure my older late 2012 model offers dual channel but either way both slots are fully populated and is more than doing the job for current usage.

I am tempted at some point to try out an iris pro based mini system but concede that they're not exactly value for money compared purely by hardware alone.

Apple has never concerned itself with specs for specs sake. This will be a very capable multi-media unit for people looking to own a simple, reliable solution to home computing. If they own iOS devices as well, the whole caboodle will make computing effortless.
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