Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012) comparison

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Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)

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Falcon Northwest FragBox (2013)

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Price $549 to $729 at 5 stores $1,879 to $2,499 at 4 stores
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date September 11, 2012 September 06, 2013 June 03, 2013 July 25, 2013
The Bottom Line With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range. Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades. Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility. High-end, high-price gaming desktops are an even rarer beast than ever, but with the latest Intel and Nvidia parts inside, at least the significant money you'll put into a Falcon Northwest FragBox will be well-spent.

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Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
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Type Personal computer
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Video Memory Info unavailable 2 GB
4 GB
3 GB
Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 ) ; None
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Optical Storage (2nd) None
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Optical Storage None
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Hard Drive 500 GB
1 x HDD - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
256 GB
960 GB
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Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
1 3 2.5 GHz ( 3.1 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Intel 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Intel Xeon 3.7 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Intel Core i7 4770K / 4.5 GHz ( Quad-Core )
RAM 4 GB
16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
12 GB
16 GB
Cache Memory 3 MB L3 cache
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8 MB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.8 in x 7.8 in x 1.4 in
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Hard Drive (3rd) None
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Weight 2.7 lbs
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Monitor none.
27 in
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Packaged Quantity 1
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Graphics Controller Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
AMD FirePro D300
nVidia GeForce GTX 780
Storage Removable None
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Networking Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
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Product Form Factor Desktop slimline
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Product Description Apple Mac mini Mac Mini (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5 - 4 GB
2.5 GHz - 500 GB - none.
- 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz - 8 GB 27 in
Mac Pro - Xeon 3.7 GHz - 12 GB
- Core i7 4770K 4.5 GHz - 16 GB
Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Apple Mac OS X Mavericks
Microsoft Windows 8
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