New server for OS X. the Mac mini, October 2009…

20 Oct 2009 updated line of Mac mini. As usual, to bother with the press release on this occasion did not. Moreover, changes in architecture, but the appearance in the product mix of server based on the Mac mini was a great event… the Mac mini Server was the fiery writing on the wall, and Xserve did not promise anything good. And it would not have surprised those who have no clue that Apple had everything to make the server successful direction. Where low maintenance cost and ease of routine procedures was an important criterion, he had no equal. And the NeXT veterans knew the trick.

The question rests exclusively in the financing. To achieve success on the server front was real, subject to major investments in this area.

But the success of the iPhone has surpassed all expectations, and his swiftness left no doubt: from Xserve it is time to slowly quit. And here is Mac mini Server.

Why is it? And it is already used in this role, based on it has built clusters, which, though not occupied the first lines in the top-100 supercomputers, but was very practical, economical and reliable. From dozens, or even hundreds of these cubes are going to be very powerful systems. In addition, the Mac mini is the smallest full desktop computer in the world.

However, the Mac mini Server was one of a family of new Mac mini, released that day…

This is the seventh part of a series about the Mac mini, previous here:
The first part: Major debut 2005: headless Mac;
Second part: In not listed (Mac mini Late 2005);
Part three: Mac mini, Solo and Duo.
The fourth part: the Mac mini: classified ad…;
Fifth part: 07.08.07: and another thing…;
Sixth part: Mac mini (Early 2009): the return of the dark horses….

Unconventional update

Even if you don’t pay attention (yet) to a whole new kind of Mac mini, this time there were no permutations. And it was great.

Unconventional was the rejection of non-traditional approaches in picking options.

Mac mini (Early 2009) “expensive” option from its “cheap“ counterpart was not CPU speed and hard disc capacity included in the basic package. 120 Gigabytes included for $ 599. 320 GB for 799. A processor with a higher clock speed turned into the option. Does not matter.

And here is a new model ID Macmini3,1. With an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz (P7550) – “cheap” for $ 599. Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz (P8700) – “expensive” for 799. Simple and familiar.

“Expensive” option you can make it even more expensive, replacing the P8700 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (P8800) for just $ 50.

In the Configurator “cheap” model it was possible to replace Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz (P7550) Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz (P8700).

Upgrade CPU was vozmozhen only in the online store. The processor tightly itavalta into the motherboard, and even the most desperate adventurers haven’t tried him out desoldering, and solder instead of something more new and powerful. Although…

Option “even more” cost 849.

The server version was almost identical to the “expensive” option, and cost $ 999.

Common to all

All processors in all variants – Penryn-3M, with the second level cache 3 MB. The clock frequency of frontal system bus – 1066 MHz.

RAM – PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM SO-DIMMs. In the basic sets of options included, different volume, from 2 to 4 Gigabytes. Its maximum volume is 4 Gigabytes. This is the official version. So much can set the Mac mini in online shop.

In fact, all model variants support the increase of RAM up to 8 GB, tested by many experts, including company MacMinicolo, which specializiruetsya hosting clusters from the Mac mini and Mac Pro. Mostly from the Mac mini.

Look like clusters of Mac mini:

Means of interaction with the outside world in the Mac mini (Late 2009) are the same as in the Mac mini (Early 2009).

5 USB 2.0 ports, 1 x Firewire 800, Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T.

Ports Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, the Mac mini since 2009 it was possible to connect to two monitors simultaneously.

Mini-DVI supported DVI and VGA monitors with the resolution up to 1920×1200, with the appropriate adapter. Adapter Mini-DVI to DVI included in the package.

Mini DisplayPort supported monitor resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.

Adapters Mini-DVI to VGA and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI can be purchased in the online store.

The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated using for their needs at least 256 Megabytes of RAM for General use. Typically, 272 MB.

The level of support for wireless technologies Mac mini (Late 2009) is not inferior to MacBook Air: built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. As the Mac mini (Early 2009).

SATA II (3 Gbps).

Server option

Differences Mac mini Server from the “civilian” version with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz (P8700): two SATA cables II instead of one and additional hard drive capacity of 500 GB instead of the optical drive.

As a result, Mac mini Server, two disks on 500 GB (5 400 rpm). In the article about Mac mini (Early 2009) described popular unauthorized upgrade the Mac mini.

Instead of an optical drive and standard disk 120 or 320 GB installed two disks on 500 GB. Then (this is optional) they are United in one logical device with a volume of 1 TB, with RAID. In that article inaccurate: Apple did it again in the factory, not “after two years”, and after seven months.

To combine drives into a single Apple was not providing it to users.

Mac mini Server came with a preinstalled Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard Server with an unlimited license.

The usual options

In conventional options place another hard disk occupied 8x DL SuperDrive, the same as in the Mac mini (Early 2009).

In the section “alternative upgrade” I gave them the names “cheap”, “expensive” and “more expensive”. This configuration Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz (P7550), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz (P8700) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (P8800), 599, 799 and 849.

The set of “cheap” option was part of the drive capacity of 160 GB (5 400 rpm), in the online store it can be replaced by disk 320 or 500 GB with the same frequency of rotation of the rotor 100 or $ 200 copayment.

The kit options are “expensive” and “more expensive” was part of a drive to 320 GB (5 400 rpm), for a fee of 100 dollars it can be replaced by disk 500 GB (5 400 rpm).

Supplied preloaded with Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard.

Benchmarks

Geekbench 2 (32) and (64) is a 32 and 64 bit tests.
Geekbench 4 (SC) tests of the performance of one core, (MC) – all cores.

C Mac mini Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz (P7550):
(32) – 3 205
(64) – 3 521
(SC) – 1 481
(MC) – 2 451

C Mac mini Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz (P8700), normal and server versions:
(32) – 3 526
(64) – 3 866
(SC) – 1 603
(MC) – 2 595

C Mac mini Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (P8800):
(32) – 3 700
(64) – 4 025
(SC) – 1 633
(MC) – 2 664

To be continued

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