Apple Mac Mini Core i7 2.0 (Mid-2011/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.

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 i7 2.0 Server (Mid-2011) features a 32-nm Sandy Bridge Quad Core 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 (2635QM) processor with four independent processor cores on one chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) memory, dual 500 GB hard drives, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of memory shared with the system. It does not have an internal optical drive, although an external one is available.

Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, 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, an SDXC card slot, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, as well as a new Thunderbolt port. The Thunderbolt standard provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.

This model is equipped with a more powerful quad core processor and dual hard drives and shipped with a pre-installed copy of Lion Server.

2.0 GHz Core i7 (I7-2635QM)
4 GB 16 GB
HD Graphics 3000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
384 MB 512 MB
Details: Apple reports that this model shares 384 MB of memory for graphics use with the system. Please note that this is the minimum graphics memory usage but the memory available to Mac OS X “may vary depending on graphics needs”. With more RAM installed, more will be used for video function. If upgraded to 8 GB of RAM (or more), 512 MB will be reserved for video function.
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 Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
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) and 2560×1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
500 GB x2 (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s) x2
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
4 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: This model has an SDXC Card slot.
None None
Cuboid Mac mini Unibody
MC936LL/A Mid-2011
A1347 (EMC 2442) Macmini5,3
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1347 Model Number, the 2442 EMC Number, and the Macmini5,3 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.7 (11A2061) Current
Original Price (US): $999

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