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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby nathanscribe » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:36 am

Happy to see a new model, but 128GB SSD as standard is not amazing and the upgrades are pricey.

128GB should be enough for the OS and a few applications though, no? And everything else can sit on an external drive? I've recently got the mid-range iMac (for non-music purposes) and am using a 4GB USB-C drive with it, which is significantly better value than the internal upgrades. I don't know how much grunt one would actually need in terms of running off an external HD these days.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:11 pm

nathanscribe wrote:Happy to see a new model, but 128GB SSD as standard is not amazing and the upgrades are pricey.

128GB should be enough for the OS and a few applications though, no? And everything else can sit on an external drive? I've recently got the mid-range iMac (for non-music purposes) and am using a 4GB USB-C drive with it, which is significantly better value than the internal upgrades. I don't know how much grunt one would actually need in terms of running off an external HD these days.

I'm using a 256GB OS drive currently, and although it's not full I would feel more at ease with 512GB. And that's with all my sample libraries etc. on other drives and even with my User folders re-located to another drive.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby nathanscribe » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:20 pm

redlester wrote:'m using a 256GB OS drive currently, and although it's not full I would feel more at ease with 512GB. And that's with all my sample libraries etc. on other drives and even with my User folders re-located to another drive.

Hmm, having just checked my iMac I fear my initial hopefulness may be an error :( 128GB doesn't go far does it.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:36 pm

I'm debating to take the 1TB SDD... I know it's pricy but with that and the i7 chip I think I will thank myself in a few years down the line. It will hurt a bit now tho...

Well at least 512gb...

Hmm
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:05 pm

Just beware it will come with Mojave OS which many music applications, plug-ins, etc. are not yet fully compatible with. See the other thread in this forum.

I know it's possible to replace this with say Sierra or High Sierra, but there will be a consequent amount of faffing involved before being able to actually use it.
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Re: Mac mini rumour...

Postby Agharta » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:12 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:
Humble Bee wrote:Add external SDD (here I don't have a clue what to get but a 2x1TB SDD enclosure on TB3 ? Any recommendations appreciated)

I recently got this Inateck drive enclosure and fitted it with two Samsung 1TB SSDs. You can use them in a RAID configuration but I've just got them as two separate drives. It's USB 3.1 Gen 2 so will use one of your TB3 ports. It's pretty fast and I like it; a true TB3 unit using Nvme rather than SATA would be quite a bit faster but also a lot more expensive - you wouldn't believe how eye-wateringly much.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:27 pm

redlester wrote:Interestingly OWC in America has this page for upgrades:
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/ ... -mini/2018

Well that confirms it - it has to be user upgradeable, at least RAM-wise, as OWC is a big player and they wouldn't be advertising 64Gb RAM if they weren't referring to the new Mac Mini (cos none of the older models permit such capacity).
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:31 pm

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redlester wrote:Interestingly OWC in America has this page for upgrades:
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/ ... -mini/2018

Well that confirms it - it has to be user upgradeable, at least RAM-wise, as OWC is a big player and they wouldn't be advertising 64Gb RAM if they weren't referring to the new Mac Mini (cos none of the older models permit such capacity).

Perhaps you have to take your computer and RAM along to an Apple Store and get them to install it in order to keep the warranty? I wish they would just clarify it!
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:58 pm

redlester wrote:Just beware it will come with Mojave OS which many music applications, plug-ins, etc. are not yet fully compatible with. See the other thread in this forum.

I know it's possible to replace this with say Sierra or High Sierra, but there will be a consequent amount of faffing involved before being able to actually use it.


Just to be clear, it is very unliklely that any new Apple product can have its OS downgraded there won't be hardware drivers included for new models in Sierra or High Sierra
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:00 pm

The link I posted earlier in this thread to the Crucial web site is now listing compatible RAM for the 2018 model. £266 for 32GB.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:07 pm

That's the deal!
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Re: Mac mini rumour...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:17 pm

Agharta wrote:This is a halfway house in terms of price and performance:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13510/my ... dge-review

Don't know if it supports Apple gear.

What really winds the price up is using TB3 protocol rather than Gen 2. I should have thought Apple kit would be fine as the OS has supported NVMe for a while now.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:22 pm

Can one boot from an external TB3 drive?

That would make the internal SDD less critical with time...
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:28 pm

You can boot from an external USB drive. I've not tried with a TB drive but I've no reason to doubt you can.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:35 pm

Well there we have it, finally confirmed that these are not "officially" user upgradeable.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT205041

To upgrade the memory in your Mac mini (2018), go to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

However....
https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/08/20 ... e-process/
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby G-Doubleyou » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:38 pm

Yep it can be done with the proper tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UrSLnn ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:25 pm

That doesn't look too complicated.

Good news!

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:08 pm

Wimp that I am that's definitely beyond my paygrade. Fortunately, should I ever get one of these, I have an Apple authorised repairer nearby who are not above installing Kingston RAM if asked to in this sort of situation so that's the route I'd take.

Thanks for the link.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby desmond » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 pm

These things are pretty easy to do with an iFixit guide and a little care and patience...

If you're not the "care and patience" type, then yes, get someone else to do it... :tongue:
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:38 pm

desmond wrote:If you're not the "care and patience" type

Would that I were ... :)

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