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Blog > December 2018 > Mac Mini 2018 Refresh Brings New I/O and is up to 5x faster
12/10/2018 10:55:26 AM | with 0 comments
This year, Apple launched the Mac Mini 2018 and it refreshes almost everything seen in the prior model. The end result is that we have a machine that can perform tasks up to 5x faster, can manage more workload, and can connect more devices via an improved I/O.
 
If you’re a Mac Mini fan, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll absolutely love what Apple has done with the new model in 2018. Let’s take a deeper delve into what has changed. Make sure to read all of the way to the end - we’ll explaining how you can save up to 12% on a brand new Mac Mini 2018 from Apple via Techscheme.


What’s New with the Mac Mini 2018?

With the last Mac Mini release landing in 2014, a brand new refresh has been a long time coming. With such a large gap between releases, Apple has had a lot of time to replace and rework many of the features in this year’s launch.
 
On the outside, things look very similar, despite the new coat of Space Gray paint of course. Let’s jump straight into the fun stuff, and that includes the changes made on the inside.
 
The new Mac Mini can support i3, i5, and i7 8th generation CPUs. The top Mac Mini configuration can include the ever powerful i7-8700B six core Intel chipset, alongside 64GB of blazing fast DDR4 2666MHz RAM. Of course, being a small form factor PC means that graphics is limited, so you'll be stuck with the Intel UHD Graphics 630 chip that comes inside the Intel CPU. Thankfully, the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports will mean that connecting the Mac Mini up to an eGPU is certainly a possibility if you need desktop level graphics.
 
In terms of real world performance, the new Mac Mini can be up to 5x faster with the top configuration. The integrated graphics is also 60% faster than the graphics found in the 2014 model, and the clock speed of the CPU can go up to 4.6GHz with Turbo Boost. Apple has also reengineered the cooling system to support 2x increased airflow. This last part is super important for pushing out the absolute best of the hardware without causing throttling due to heat.
 
If you are looking for a workhorse to manage gargantuan tasks, you'll be excited to hear that the 64GB setup will offer speeds 7.8x faster than the older 16GB DDR3 memory model. The Mac Mini also comes equipped with the now-famous Apple T2 Security Chip. Like with other 2018 Apple products, the T2 Chip gives the new Mac Mini encrypted storage capability, secure boot, and a peace of mind over protecting your most sensitive data. It’s refreshing to see Apple stick to their guns with security when so many others are dropping their privacy morals for more advertising potential or to give in to government based privacy threats. Finally, Apple has added an option for up to 2TB of SSD storage, perfect for creators that build up massive libraries of raw images, video, or other data.

New Mac Mini I/O Changes

2018 Mac mini
Some interesting improvements have been made to the I/O on the new Mac Mini 2018. Apple has included four Thunderbolt 3 powered USB C ports, as well as two standard USB 3 ports.
What you do with these ports is up to you, but Apple has mentioned that this setup allows you to connect up to two 4K displays. You can also use the HDMI 2.0 port for a third 4K or 5K display.
 
The new Mac Mini also features a 10Gb Ethernet port for a small £90 upgrade fee, allowing you to move files across your network 10 times faster than the previous Mac Mini model.

Mac Mini 2018 Pricing and Availability

2018 Mac mini monitor set up
The new Mac Mini 2018 is now available in most regions. If you are in the UK, you’ll be able to take advantage of our scheme at Techscheme to get up to 12% off a new Mac Mini directly from Apple. Find out more about how it works here.
 
Here is a look at how much you will be able to save when buying the new Mac Mini 2018 through Techscheme. There are many configurations that will adjust the price slightly, so we’ve focused on three configurations to showcase the potential savings.
Model RRP  Savings Techscheme Price
i3 Mac Mini, 8GB RAM
128GB SSD
£799 £95.88 £703.12
i5 Mac Mini, 16GB RAM
256GB SSD
£1,279 £153.48 £1,125.52
i7 Mac Mini, 64GB RAM
2TB SSD
£3,769 £452.28 £3,316.72
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