1. roystreet's Avatar
    I've been seriously thinking about getting a Mac mini and I'm looking at getting just base model since it won't be the daily driver. But I've come across the 2012 top of the line model (MD387LL/A) for around the same price as the current base model.

    Does anyone know why I wouldn't buy the older one? The olde one that I've seen has more RAM and a faster processor. I'm not playing games on it besides solitaire probably. I think the older one can use the newest OS...I'm just trying to figure out a good reason why to not get the older one.

    Thanks for any incite
    11-19-2016 05:44 PM
  2. Altergeist said: Best Answer

    I would definitely recommend the i7 2012 Mac mini over a more recent base model with an i5 in it. I've had the opportunity to use both at work, and the i7 with an SSD runs rings around the i5 model I tried. Also, post-2012 the RAM is soldered on IIRC, whereas in the 2012 models one could upgrade to 16GB of RAM with ease.
  3. robertk328's Avatar
    I was in the same boat recently when my 2011 died (no clue why but we did have a weird power spike overnight that may have fried it).

    Really wanted a new Mini but wouldn't have bought the latest Mini in base model because no SSD. Could have gotten a higher end but Fusion drive only. I'd go for the 2012, up the RAM to 16gb (because you can) and swap out the HD for an SSD like a Samsung EVO. You'll get a great machine that should last a long time.
    11-19-2016 07:00 PM
  4. mrjayviper's Avatar
    possible to install an SSD on the 2012 model? makes a huge difference if you can install one and cheaper too
    11-20-2016 01:22 AM
  5. robertk328's Avatar
    possible to install an SSD on the 2012 model? makes a huge difference if you can install one and cheaper too
    Yes, you can. Not difficult and videos are on YouTube.
    11-20-2016 09:30 AM
  6. Altergeist's Avatar
    I would definitely recommend the i7 2012 Mac mini over a more recent base model with an i5 in it. I've had the opportunity to use both at work, and the i7 with an SSD runs rings around the i5 model I tried. Also, post-2012 the RAM is soldered on IIRC, whereas in the 2012 models one could upgrade to 16GB of RAM with ease.
    robertk328 likes this.
    11-23-2016 05:28 AM

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