Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.0 (Early 2009)

Compact, Quiet, Well-Connected

The least expensive of Apple’s personal computers, the petite Mac Mini is a powerful and affordable option. Weighing in at under three pounds and standing less than an inch and a half tall, its compact size makes it a perfect choice for those with limited space.

This environmentally friendly desktop computer is an ideal option for a low cost server, home entertainment PC, and can tackle light to medium computing with ease. Apple touts its energy efficiency and advanced power management, as well they should given the Mac Mini’s surprisingly small footprint.

With its speedy Intel processor and configurable RAM and hard drive options, the Mac Mini is a wonderful platform for general computing tasks, and can be configured to suit most non-standard needs. While it is not a viable choice for running graphic intensive software, its versatility makes it a practical option for professional and casual users alike.

As with most of Apple’s recent personal computers, the Mac Mini has become an effectively “sealed” design as of 2014, with the RAM soldered onto the motherboard and the chassis tightly secured to ensure it’s never opened. This prevents the user from upgrading the memory after purchase as was common with the previous Mac Mini models.

Compact, quiet, well-connected — the Mac Mini is just enough computer to get the job done.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The compact Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.0 (Early 2009/NVIDIA) features a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P7350) processor, a 3 MB on-chip level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 1 GB or 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) memory, a 120 GB or 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive, a slot-loading 8X double-layer SuperDrive, and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with either 128 MB or 256 MB of memory shared with the system.

Connectivity includes five USB 2.0 ports, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, a Firewire 800 port, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in and combined optical digital audio output/headphone jacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

The Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.0 (Early 2009/NVIDIA) has a faster internal architecture than its predecessor. It uses a faster system bus and faster memory as well as improved graphics and dual display support.

Internal components are enclosed in a small and elegant 2.9 lb, 6.5 inch cube, two inch tall case with a built-in speaker and an external power supply. All Mac mini systems ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse, though many Apple and third-party options are available.

2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (P7350)
1 GB, 2 GB 8 GB
GeForce 9400M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
128 MB, 256 MB 256 MB
Details: Apple reports that the low-end configuration (MB463LL/A) has 128 MB of memory shared with system memory and the high-end configuration (MB464LL/A) has 256 MB of memory shared with system memory. However, installing another 1 MB memory module in the low-end configuration will automatically increase the shared VRAM to 256 MB. Please also note that this is the minimum graphics memory usage with each configuration but the memory available to MacOS X “may vary depending on graphics needs”.
Dual Displays 1920×1200
Details: This model simultaneously supports 1920×1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560×1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: This model simultaneously supports 1920×1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560×1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).
120, 320 GB Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: External Apple USB Modem offered for US$49.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
5 (2.0) 1 (800)
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Cuboid Mac mini
MB463LL/A Early 2009
A1283 (EMC 2264) Macmini3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1283 Model Number, the 2264 EMC Number, and the Macmini3,1 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.5.6 (9G2030) Current
Original Price (US): $599

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