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iFixit Teardowns 2014 Mac mini
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:29 PM EST
Posted by: Staff

We're happy to report that iFixit has posted a teardown of the new entry-level 2014 Mac mini. Here are some of the highlights they just reported to us from the teardown:

  The RAM now joins the CPU in being soldered onto the logic board. Thankfully, the storage drives are still upgradable.

  Gone are the handy thumb indents and indicators that made for a twist-off bottom cover.

  We were greeted with something new when the bottom cover is removed: a solid door held in place by T6 Torx Security screws, where there was once easy access to the RAM and fan. Our packrat engineers produced a lone prototype T6 Torx Security screwdriver, a tool we originally abandoned because nobody had seen such a screw used in real life.

  While past Mac Minis have featured two SATA ports, allowing users to upgrade their base model with an extra hard drive, this year we only get one. However, this empty socket may well be a spot for a PCIe cable, enabling the installation of a blade SSD. More on this once we get our hands on a Fusion-equipped Mac Mini.

  The AirPort card is now a proper PCIe card, and is dispatched after removing one screw and disconnecting the three antennas from their sockets.

iFixit also reported that chips on the 2014 Mac mini's logic board include:

  Samsung K4E8E304EE-EGCE 4 GB LPDDR3 DRAM.

  Cirrus Logic 4208-CRZ Audio Codec.

  Broadcom BCM57766A1KMLG Ethernet PCIe Controller with SD3.0 Card Reader and ASF 2.0.

  Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt 2 Controller.

  Delta Electronics LFE8904C-F Discrete LAN Filter.

  NXP 6142F and NXP PCA9501BS 8-bit I/O Expander.

  Microchip Technology 1428-7 420BE5A BMY System Management Bus Temperature .

  Cypress Semiconductor CY7C63833 LTXC enCoRe II Low Speed USB Peripheral Controller.

  Texas Instruments TPS51916 DDR3 Memory Power Solution Synchronous Buck Controller.

  Texas Instruments 58873D Synchronous Buck NexFET Power Block MOSFET Pair.

  Intel Core i5-4260U Processor with Intel HD Graphics 5000.

  Texas Instruments/Stellaris LM4FS1EH Microcontroller.

  Parade PS8401A HDMI Jitter Cleaning Repeater.

  Macronix MX25L6406E 64 Mb CMOS Serial Flash.

  Delta Electronics LFE8904C-F Discrete LAN Filter.

  Intersil 958 26AHRZ M419VL.

iFixit gives the entry-level 2014 Mac mini a repairability score of 6 out of 10. This is down from 8 out of 10 for the 2012 Mac mini.

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