2018 Mac mini Teardown: User-Upgradeable RAM, But Soldered Down CPU and Storage
Disassembly of the brand new Mac mini stays slightly easy. iFixit popped off the plastic backside quilt with its opening software and then used a Torx screwdriver to unfasten the acquainted antenna plate beneath.
With get entry to to the interior, iFixit then unscrewed the fan and popped out the good judgment board with some out of date thumb urgent. While the RAM within the previous-gen Mac mini from 2014 was once soldered to the good judgment board, the new Mac mini has user-upgradeable RAM, as found out previous this week.
As observed in older iMacs, the RAM is safe via a perforated defend that permits the reminiscence modules to function at a prime frequency of 2666 MHz with out interfering with different tool purposes, in line with iFixit. To improve the RAM, the defend will also be got rid of via unfastening 4 Torx screws.
Other silicon at the good judgment board of this actual Mac mini contains the Apple T2 safety chip, a three.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 630, 128GB of flash garage from Toshiba, an Intel JHL7540 Thunderbolt three controller, and a Gigabit Ethernet controller from Broadcom.
Despite the excellent news in regards to the RAM, the CPU and SSD are soldered to the good judgment board, as are many ports, so this is not a in point of fact modular Mac mini.
iFixit awarded the brand new Mac mini a repairability rating of 6/10, with 10 being the very best to fix, topping the most recent MacE-book Air, MacE-book, MacE-book Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro, and trailing best the 2013 Mac Pro.
“Back in the day, a Pro Mac meant a computer you could upgrade, configure, and connect as you pleased,” iFixit’s teardown concludes. “This new mini aligns so well with that ideal that we’re surprised it didn’t earn itself a “Pro” title—especially compared to the increasingly closed-off MacBook Pro line.”
The new Mac mini earned its upper repairability rating due to its easy disassembly and not using a tricky adhesive or proprietary pentalobe screws and user-upgradeable RAM. However, it did not earn an ideal rating because of the soldered-down CPU, garage, and ports, impacting maintenance and upgrades.