Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

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Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 4 GB (two 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 1 TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Mac mini features third-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, Thunderbolt, and plenty of ports. Expect big things. With third-generation Intel Core processors, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size. You can choose a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. Or go for an even more powerful 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 for up to two times the performance of the previous-generation dual-core Mac mini. When you’re using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed up to 3.6GHz. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently. And an integrated memory controller connects fast 1600MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets right to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom. Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to 65 percent more pixel-pushing performance than the previous generation of integrated graphics. So the video you watch and the games you play are smoother and mo

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  1. 125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is some Mac Mini, October 27, 2012
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    Steven T. Shelton “Steven T. Shelton” (New York, New York) –
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    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    When this new Mac Mini was announced this week, I wondered if I should upgrade my 2011 Mini. However, when I saw that I could get a solid quad core processor in the mid-level Mini, I jumped. In terms of appearance, this year’s Mac Mini looks exactly like last year’s. The only differences are internal. Here are the big differences between the 2011 and 2012 Mac Mini: (1) the processors are faster (as you would guess); (2) the mid-level Mac Mini now comes with a very fast quad core processor instead of a dual core; (3) the USB ports have been updated to USB 3 (which is much faster than USB 2); and (4) all models of the 2012 Mac Mini come with an integrated graphics card; there is no option for getting a discrete graphics card like last year (more on this later).

    Both the mid-level Mac Mini and the server version have the same quad core processor, but the entry level Mac Mini is still a dual core. Why stick with a dual core processor desktop when you can have one with a quad core processor? So I got the mid-level model because I don’t need a server, and other than the server’s two hard drives, the mid-level Mini and the server model are exactly the same (e.g., same processor and same graphics card).

    More on the graphics card: as noted earlier, ALL of the Mac Minis this year come with an integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics card. This is a much better card than last year’s Intel HD 3000 graphics card, although some might want a discrete card for gaming. One thing I noticed about the Intel HD 4000 card in this year’s Mac Mini is that it gives you 512 mb of video ram with only 4 GB of RAM installed. To my knowledge, all other Apple computers need at least 8 GB of RAM installed to get 512 mb of video ram from the HD 4000 card. This is a nice surprise. When I noticed this, I thought beef up the RAM to 8 GB and see if that increases the video ram–and it does. Installing 8 GB or more of RAM in this year’s mid level Mac Mini (and I assume the same is true for the server Mini since these two machines are nearly identical) gives you 768 mb of video ram. I’d be willing to bet Apple increased the amount of maximum video ram from the HD 4000 card in this year’s Mac Mini to compensate for removing the discrete graphics card option.

    How does the new mid-level Mini perform? Well, I installed an SSD drive and 8 GB of RAM, and this thing just screams. Everything happens almost instantaneously when I click the mouse. No rainbow wheels, and one bounce at most from icons in the dock (often there is no bounce at all since things happen so fast). I compared my upgraded Mac Mini to last year’s 27 inch iMac, and my Mac Mini seems much faster and snappier. Finally, Apple is starting to give the Mini some long overdue respect. The Mini is now becoming a machine people WANT instead of SETTLE FOR. To me, upgrading to this year’s Mac Mini is well worth it.

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  2. 54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What an Absolute Gem, November 13, 2012
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    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    I’m an IT professional and I’ve been a computer enthusiast since the days of the Atari 400 (circa 1980). To date I have never been as impressed with a desktop computer as I am with the late 2012 Mac Mini. It’s fast. It’s refined. It’s quiet. It’s sleek. It’s solid. The thing is just beautiful to behold. OS X 10.8.2 is a delight to work with. And, if you really need to, this little machine runs Windows far better than any PC I’ve ever owned.

    This machine runs spectacularly right out of the box, but I knew that I could squeeze even more out of it for a little more money, so for another $300, I “maxed it out” by replacing the 1TB HDD with a Samsung 830 series 256GB SSD and bumping the memory from 4GB to 16GB (‘Crucial’ brand memory works great in Macs). By the way, bumping the memory to 16GB also yields an extra 256MB video RAM – not sure how that works, but I’ll take it. Now the thing just screams. I bought a 2.5″ USB 3.0 SATA enclosure here on Amazon to put the original HDD into, so now I have a handy little portable terabyte that I can carry around with me in case I want to transfer mass data to…whatever. I’m also using the original drive to back up the Mini via OS X’s built-in “Time Machine” backup utility. Works like a charm.

    I’m running my new Mini on two 24″ Dell Ultrasharp monitors. Fantastic. I’m also using the Apple wireless Magic Mouse (another Apple gem) and a full-size Apple USB keyboard that came with my 2008 (or so) iMac. Since the new Mini’s don’t have optical drives, I also bought a Samsung SE-506 Blu-Ray burner (I don’t like the Apple USB SuperDrive because there is no activity light or eject button). I love this setup.

    I suppose it should be noted that the 2012 Mini’s have integrated Intel 4000 GPU’s, and I don’t think there’s any way to add any video hardware, so this might not be the right choice for core gamers or pro video editors. If you’re not one of those, I cannot recommend this machine highly enough.

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  3. 26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quite an upgrade. Much snappier., October 31, 2012
    By 
    TomWilly (Duke City) –
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    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    I have been using the previous generation high-end Mac Mini at work for some time. I have always felt that this previous top-of-the-line model felt sluggish, experienced long delays when opening programs, was slow to move between full screen programs, and had relatively slow Parallels/Windows 7 performance. This new Mini is what the previous generation should have been. Very fast and responsive, seamless switching between desktops, and fast Windows 7 performance via Parallels. I had been tempted to wait for one more iteration, but I am glad I updated to the October 2012 model.

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