OWC’s Teardown of the New 2014 Mac mini with Fusion Drive

The last time we saw an upgrade to the Mac mini prior to Apple’s special event last week was October 2012. So what did Apple have in store after 24 months for its smallest and least expensive entry in the Mac lineup? Check out the gallery from our teardown at the bottom of the page for details and see to the new Mac mini inside and out.

Some noteworthy observations from the teardown:

  • The model we unboxed utilizes a PCIe SSD, which is the same as the SSD found in the Late 2013-current MacBook Pro with Retina display, 2013-current MacBook Air and 2013-current iMac.
  • The PCIe slot and connecting cable are not present unless you order the mini with a Fusion drive or PCIe SSD. For minis without a Fusion Drive there won’t be a slot for the PCIe SSD.
  • Requires a T6 Torx Security screwdriver for disassembly.
  • Also noteworthy, of course, are the Thunderbolt 2 ports. Which will work great with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 devices
  • The memory is not upgradable in the 2014 Mac mini.

Mac mini Specs:

  • 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz)
  • 8GB of memory
  • 1TB Fusion drive

Be sure to follow the Rocket Yard for more coverage, tips, and tricks for getting the most out of the new Mac mini. And check out macsales.com for the best ThunderboltBlu-ray/DVD/CD drives, and USB 3.0 drives for your system.

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