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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:05 pm    Post subject: Tips: Guide for upgrading the CPU in a Mac mini Reply with quote

Tips: Guide for upgrading the CPU in a Mac mini
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Posted by: Brian

Our friends over at HardMac have put together a nice step-by-step guide on how to upgrade the processor in an Intel-based Mac mini. "The Mac mini, as well as the iMac and the Mac Pro, are powered by an exchangeable CPU (socket). During the Apple Expo 2006, we recorded a video showing how to upgrade a Mac mini. Perhaps because the video is in French, many readers requested an article providing a more step-by-step procedure with closer views and photos," writes Lionel for HardMac. There really isn't anything new here, but the additional pictures and information might come in handy for those looking to make the upgrade.



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the more resources there are for me, the better.

Still nervous about opening up that Mini, but I think it'll be a good experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
Ah, the more resources there are for me, the better.

Still nervous about opening up that Mini, but I think it'll be a good experience.


The trickiest part is getting the heatsink off. After that, it's smooth sailing. It's really not that hard of an upgrade. Just take your time and go slow.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
diulei wrote:
Ah, the more resources there are for me, the better.

Still nervous about opening up that Mini, but I think it'll be a good experience.


The trickiest part is getting the heatsink off. After that, it's smooth sailing. It's really not that hard of an upgrade. Just take your time and go slow.


Good point! I am SOOOO tempted to do it myself!

Are the upgrades standard off-the-shelf processors, or not? Where would a person find/buy one of those? How fast of one can our minis take?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd rather have Apple coming out now very soon with some Core2Duo mini's, but for the future, this might be a nice thing to keep. And yes, what is the fastest processor a mini would be able to handle? Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The T7600 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo would be the fastest at the moment.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
The T7600 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo would be the fastest at the moment.



DROOL.......
I dug around, but couldn't find a price!

How much do those smokers run?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaDDuck wrote:
DROOL.......
I dug around, but couldn't find a price!

How much do those smokers run?

$639.99.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaDDuck wrote:
Ben_tex wrote:
The T7600 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo would be the fastest at the moment.



DROOL.......
I dug around, but couldn't find a price!

How much do those smokers run?


stop drooling and start saving. Wink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819111300
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scooper wrote:

stop drooling and start saving. Wink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819111300


Gosh! Better wait a year and a half! Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scooper wrote:
MaDDuck wrote:
Ben_tex wrote:
The T7600 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo would be the fastest at the moment.



DROOL.......
I dug around, but couldn't find a price!

How much do those smokers run?


stop drooling and start saving. Wink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819111300



I just got the mini and am still happy with the speed! When it seems slow, I'll add some RAM first (6GB outta do it) thwn a while after that, I'll slap in a faster CPU in her. So it'll prob. take a year or two to reach that point!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

at this point it's well worth the wait to see what the rumored mini updates will be. i'd much rather put that processor into a mini with a new board and a better GPU, if that's what apple has planned........
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the best performance/price would be 2.0GHz C2D at the moment. Just under $300 at Newegg.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
I think the best performance/price would be 2.0GHz C2D at the moment. Just under $300 for at Newegg.


That's exactly what I read in the review on the MacMini 1.66 CoreDuo by AMUG, which is just covered in MacMini news... Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: Woot! Upgraded My mini! Reply with quote

I just installed the 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.5" Seagate 5400.3 160GB SATA drive. I'm very happy with the results. 93.76 on Xbench. Very Happy Very Happy
(Xbench benchmark update: 102.45 with the Widgets turned off.)

Yeah, I could have went with a faster CPU, but it would have been overkill for what I need. I have been using the mini for recording HDTV with an eyeTV Hybrid. The stock 1.66GHz Core Duo worked, but on HD content, the CPUs were pegged at 100%. With the Stock CPU, the HDTV recordings would stumble and stutter every once in a while. With the 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, its smooth sailing. On HD recordings, the CPU bounces between 53% - 65%. The maximum CPU temp during recording is about 156F. Mission accomplished.

The upgrades were fairly easy, but removing and installing the CPU heat sink is a bit tricky. You need to be patient and take your time. You also need to be very careful when you swap the drive to remove the foam rubber air deflector and transfer it to the new drive. Don't attempt any upgrade unless you can afford to eat the cost of the computer should you end up turning it into a paper weight. Sad

Also, Its really not a very good idea to re-engineer consumer electronics. The CPU upgrade articles that 123macmini posted discuss a warranty voiding unsupported hack, with unknown long term consequences. Do not hurt someone, burn down your building, create rolling blackouts, or mess up the time space continuum. Don't blame anyone but yourself if you decide to mod your mini and things go bad.

In my case, this little mini was a birthday gift, and I did not mind put-zing around with it's innards. However, I would never, ever, ever, in a million years dream of doing something like this to one of my more expensive Macs! (Especially, while they are still under warranty.) This was a fun project, but I could not afford to risk voiding the warranty on one of my work machines. My Apple Care warranty and the overall system reliability matter far too much to me. Performing such shenanigans on any of my other Macs would be utterly unthinkable! Just some food for thought.
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