Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (Late 2009)

by Apple


Mac mini with Lion Server (Mid 2011)

by Apple


Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (Mid 2010)

by Apple



by Apple

  • Combination of hardware and software is attractively priced
  • Enough processing power for small businesses, small workgroups in larger enterprises, and educational environments
  • 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
  • Small, quiet, and doesn’t use a lot of power
  • CPU and RAM are enough to handle a solid load
  • Can boot from SD card
  • Can use the MacBook Air’s Optical Drive and USB Ethernet Adaptor.
  • Easy to install and use
  • High-powered upgrade
  • Convenient lights-out management for remote users
  • Use of 2.5-inch hard drives hampers speed
  • No optical drive
  • 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
  • Only one power supply
  • Only one ethernet port
  • No optical drive
  • Replacing drives somewhat tedious
  • Video and USB ports are only on the back of the unit
  • New asset management tag accessible only from the back
  • VGA adapter didn’t have a snug fit
  • No hardware RAID
  • Lights-out management controller ships unconfigured
  • Must be removed from the rack before you can access its internals
At A Glance

This OS X Server-equipped version of the Mac mini isn't the ideal choice for most home users. But if you want to run a Mac OS X-based server and take advantage of Snow Leopard Server’s impressive skills as a file, Web, backup, and workgroup server, you’ll find no better value than the Mac mini server.



Part Number MC408LLA MC936LLA MC438LLA  


Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i7 Intel Core 2 Duo  
Processor speed 2.53  MHz 2.0  MHz 2.66  MHz  
Cache size 3.0  KB   3.0  KB  
Bus speed 1066.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz 1066.0  MHz  
Processor count 1 1 1  


Included monitor No No No  


Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M   Nvidia GeForce 320M  
Maximum Shared Video Memory 256.0  MB   156.0  MB  
Graphics Type   Integrated    
Secondary Graphics Chipset   HD Graphics 3000    
Number of Graphic Cards included     1.0  
Video Bus     Integrated  
Video Memory Type     DDR3-SDRAM  


Drive size 1000.0  GB 1000.0  GB 1000.0  GB  
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM 7200.0  RPM 7200.0  RPM  
Drive Controllers Serial ATA   Serial ATA  
Raid type   RAID 0    
Drive type   Hard Disk Drive    

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Audio - Digital Optical|Ethernet - RJ45|FireWire 800/IEEE 1394 - 9 pin|Mini DisplayPort|USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x5) Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)|Audio - Line In (1/8" Mini)|Bluetooth|Ethernet - RJ45|Firewire 800 port|Thunderbolt|USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x4) Firewire 800 port|HDMI|Mini DisplayPort|USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x4)  
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)|Wireless Ethernet - 540 Mbps IEEE802.11n Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)|Wireless Ethernet Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)  
Slots   SDXC Card SD Card  


Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3  
Memory max 4000.0  GB   8000.0  GB  
Memory speed   1333.0  MHz    

Optical Drive

Included Drives 2   2  


Chassis style Mini System Mini System Compact  


Width   7.7  inches 7.7  inches  
Depth   7.7  inches 7.7  inches  
Height   1.4  inches 1.4  inches  
Weight   2.7  pounds 3.0  pounds  


Warranty information   1 Year    

Included Software

Operating System     Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)  

Other Features

Devices     HDMI to DVI Adapter