Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.66 (Server)

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.

DSC06992As 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 2.66 Server (Mid-2010/Aluminum Unibody) features a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P8800) processor, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, a 3 MB on-chip level 2 cache, 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) memory, dual 500 GB 3 Gb/s Serial ATA hard drives, and a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256 MB of memory shared with the system.

Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort, a Firewire 800 port, audio line in (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone (digital/analog) jacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and an SD (SDXC) card slot. It does not have an optical drive.

The Mid-2010 line uses a Unibody case with a spin off black plastic base on the underside that makes it easy to upgrade the RAM. Mac mini systems ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse, though many Apple and third-party options are available.

It ships with an unlimited user version of MacOS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server rather than the standard MacOS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (P8800)
4 GB 16 GB
GeForce 320M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: Apple reports that this model shares 256 MB of memory for graphics use with the system. Please note that this is the minimum graphics memory usage 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 an HDMI display or a DVI display using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and2560×1600 on a Mini DisplayPort display or a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter).
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: This model simultaneously supports 1920×1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and2560×1600 on a Mini DisplayPort display or a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter).
500 GB x2 (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
4 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: Although Apple does not mention it in marketing or technical materials, this Mac mini has an SDXC SD Card slot.
None None
Cuboid Mac mini Unibody
MC438LL/A Mid-2010
A1347 (EMC 2364) Macmini4,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1347 Model Number, the 2364 EMC Number, and the Macmini4,1 Model Identifier.
X Server 10.6.4 Current
Original Price (US): $999

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