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Apple Mac Mini MC936LL/A with Lion Server (OLD VERSION)

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  • 2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
  • Dual 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drives
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Mac OS X Lion
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Mac mini is a good choice for those who need a compact, powerful Computer but already own the essentials - like a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Mac mini features a sleek, aluminum design and includes ports and slots to connect to all your devices and networks. Mac mini is the world's most energy-efficient Desktop computer, and it's the most affordable way to enjoy the new Mac OS X Lion Server and iLife.

Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. The power supply is built right into Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick, and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. Mac mini is full of big ideas.

The latest dual-core Intel Core i7 processor comes standard on Mac mini. Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have, including the Apple LED Cinema Display. The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras. The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet Audio - Built-in speaker, Audio line in minijack (digital/analog), Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog), HDMI port supports multichannel audio output, Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone Connections & Expansion - 4 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Th


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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Resolution 1920x1080p
Processor 2 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Chipset Brand Intel
Card Description HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Card Ram Size 256 MB
Wireless Type 802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
Brand Name Apple
Series mac mini
Item model number MC936LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X Lion Server
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
Color Aluminum
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Power Source AC
Voltage 240 volts

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4.3 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,681 in Computers & Accessories > Desktops
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available July 20, 2011

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My primary desktop, iMac, was a few months over four years old. It began to feel a bit slow with the latest operating system, programs, etc. Therefore, I decided it was time for a new Mac. Despite great notebooks, iPhones, and iPads that we all have today, my desktop computer is still what feels most "right," to me. It's my favorite place to discover music, work on photographs, maybe do a little video work, write, email, browse the web, etc. A comfortable chair, large screen, and fast desktop just feels "right."

How did my search for a new Mac lead to mini Server and what makes it a good choice?

Naturally, coming from an iMac, I considered a new iMac. However, having purchased the newer iMacs for other uses and family members in the past two years, I regularly saw issues with their displays. Yellow tint to certain parts of the display. Furthermore, besides RAM, iMacs are extremely hard to upgrade. The hard drive is very difficult to get to, which makes upgrade and even repair, once out of warranty difficult. Furthermore, it is hard to take an iMac to an Apple Store, even while under warranty, due to their large size. A mini can easily be taken to an Apple store, or better yet, Apple I believe (if I am not mistaken) offers mail-in service for the mini, if you're in the middle of nowhere. I would still purchase an iMac in the future, but it just felt like a lot of things were adding up against it this time. I might want a SSD at some point too, and it would be "risky," to do that myself on a still warrantied iMac. iMacs don't come stock with two hard drives for RAID options either.

Therefore, I knew the Mac mini might be a good choice and the Server model was especially inviting! Why?
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After 10 years running Logic 5.5 on a PC it was finally time to get a mac.

Well my first Mac Mini would not boot. Turned out to be something with the ram. If I removed 1 stick of ram it would boot. I exchanged it for another and was good to go.

This thing is fast and perfect for music. Running a ton of plugins and the cpu meter barely registers.

2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Dual 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor
Mac OS X v10.7 Lion

I upgraded the ram to 8GB for just under $40.00 using the Corsair 8GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 204-pin DDR3 SODIMM Laptop Memory Kit CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9.

Best of all there are no heating problems. I did add some rubber feet to the bottom to play it safe: 1" Sorbothane Hemisphere Rubber Bumper Non-skid Feet with Adhesive 50 Durometer - 8-Pack.

No problems with Lion either as all the plugins I have are supported so far.

I use the main hard drive for the os and programs, 2nd hard drive for time capsule, and a Glyph Technologies GT062E 2TB Dual RAID and Spanning Hard Drive Array with FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA Interfaces for all the music files.

I added a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI TV Monitor Adapter for Macbook for the 2nd monitor.
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I purchased this to replace a 2010 model mini (non server version). The first thing I did was to upgrade the ram to 8GB. Next I rebooted into internet recovery mode and configured the disks into a RAID 0 (striped) volume and reinstalled the OS. You should make good backups (Time Machine) if you use RAID 0 in case of a hard drive failure. I have a fast internet connection and the whole process took approximately 40 mins. Note the internet recovery install doesn't install the iLife type applications that came with the factory install but you can install them from the Mac App Store for free after recovery.

The i7 in this unit is a huge jump in performance vs my previous mini with 2.4ghz c2d. Like the previous model, 1080p video content plays perfectly even while running a busy minecraft server in the background. The Intel graphics have given no issues in use as an htpc. The DVD drive in my old mini was used exactly zero times so I don't miss it in the new model.

The only thing I've noticed is that the new model gets warmer than the old. Also I never heard the fans in my old model but occasionally I do hear them in the new one. This might not happen with better air flow, my mini is in an enclosed component stand along with a NAS, cable box, XBOX 360, etc. I wouldn't go so far as to call this an issue or a con, just something you should be aware of if you are accustomed to the old model. It's a reasonable trade off for the increased performance.


The heat issue on my unit got worse until it caused a complete failure. I took the unit to the Apple store and they repaired it under warranty. However when the time came for me to pick it up, I received a phone call from the store saying that they would have brand new unit waiting for me when I got there.
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