Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (Mid 2010)

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Price Best Price: $500.00
Pros
  • 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.
  • SSD option offers significant speed improvement
  • Quiet and easy on power and cooling needs
  • Thunderbolt mitigates ethernet port limitation
  • Improvements boost server's operational envelope
  • Combination of hardware and software is attractively priced
  • Enough processing power for small businesses, small workgroups in larger enterprises, and educational environments
  • Easy to install and use
  • High-powered upgrade
  • Convenient lights-out management for remote users
Cons
  • Only one power supply
  • Only one ethernet port
  • No optical drive
  • Replacing drives somewhat tedious
  • Requires Lion Server, which has some issues
  • No ECC memory
  • Tedious to replace internals other than RAM
  • Only one power supply
  • Limited internal hardware monitoring
  • Use of 2.5-inch hard drives hampers speed
  • No optical drive
  • 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.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MC438LLA MC936LLA MC408LLA  

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i7 Intel Core 2 Duo  
Processor speed 2.66  MHz 2.0  MHz 2.53  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  

Display

Included monitor No No No  

Graphics

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

Storage

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

Ports and Connections

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

Memory

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

Dimensions

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

Optical Drive

Included Drives 2   2  

Included Software

Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)      

Other Features

Devices HDMI to DVI Adapter      

Case

Chassis style Compact Mini System Mini System  

Warranty

Warranty information   1 Year