• Improvements boost server's operational envelope
  • Thunderbolt mitigates ethernet port limitation
  • Quiet and easy on power and cooling needs
  • SSD option offers significant speed improvement


  • No ECC memory
  • Limited internal hardware monitoring
  • Only one power supply
  • Tedious to replace internals other than RAM
  • Requires Lion Server, which has some issues

Manufacturer’s Description

Now serving up quad-core power. Mac mini with Lion Server features a 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that delivers incredible speed and performance, thanks to innovations like Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, and an integrated memory controller. Add in 6MB of L3 cache, and you'll find that Mac mini with Lion Server is packed with power. It also has two 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives built in, so you can host wikis and websites, back up the data you need, and store just about anything. For the ultimate in performance, choose dual 256GB solid-state drives. This configuration performs up to 60 percent faster in file server tests than a quad-core Xserve with internal SAS drives.

Manufacturer’s Website

Mac mini with Lion Server