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RAM of the new Macs mini is soldered to the logic board; performance of the new line does not please

If there?s one thing I think we all agree on, it?s that Apple didn?t give much love to its ?mini? products at last week?s special event. First was the iPad mini 3, which only won the Touch ID sensor and a golden option.

Then we had the Mac mini, with ups and downs.

New Mac mini front and rear

On the plus points are a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, two Thunderbolt 2 ports (one of which takes the place of the FireWire 800, but today this can no longer be seen as a disadvantage), flash storage with a PCIe SSD and a cheapest price: from US $ 500 in the United States, the same value as the very first Mac mini launched in 2005.

But that lower price comes at a price: although the new line features Intel?s ?Haswell? (fourth generation) processors, it?s all dual-core. In the 2012 line, we had a model dual-core input and three others quad-core.

Primate Labs has already managed to estimate the performance of the new Macs mini:

Estimated benchmark of the new Mac mini

Estimated benchmark of the new Mac mini

As you can see, individually the new chips are superior, but the two fewer cores make a significant difference in the test. multi-core. At least evaluating the performance of the processors themselves, the new mini Macs are inferior to those of 2012.

Also according to Primate Labs, the explanation for this lies in the sockets used by the ?Haswell? chips ? which differ between models dual and quad-core, which did not happen on the ?Ivy Bridge? line. So either Apple produced two different cards among Mac mini models (something it never does) or it launched a line with only models quad-core ? which would possibly make it impossible for the entry version to cost $ 500.

The other bad news, this is highlighted by the website Macminicolo, is that these new Macs mini have RAM soldered to the logic board. That is, if you want it with the maximum supported (16GB), buy it originally from the factory like this because afterwards you will not be able to upgrade. Apple, fortunately, is charging less now for this exchange in the order: to go from 4GB to 16GB, it is US $ 300 in the United States or R $ 1,500 in Brazil.

The hard drive itself ? 5,400 RPM ? is still replaceable (either with another HDD or even with an SSD), but it is not a very simple process to do and it violates the computer?s warranty.

[via MacRumors]