updated 11:45 am EST, Fri March 6, 2009
New Mac mini teardown
Owners of the new Mac mini may find both promise and disappointment in terms of do-it-yourself upgrade possibilities, according to iFixit. In a teardown of the computer, the company notes that the RAM and hard drive in the Mini are "easily upgradable," at least once the upper case has been removed. The process requires tools such as a putty knife and a Philips screwdriver.
There is in fact said to be little reason to buy the high-end $799 Mini when a user is technically savvy. The system costs $200 more than the base model, yet only adds an extra 1GB of RAM and 200GB of hard drive space. Installed using DIY techniques, it may cost as little as $70 to achieve the same upgrade. The optical drive can also be replaced with a second hard disk, and adding the extra RAM is said to automatically expand available video memory to 256MB.
Users may be forced to pay Apple for a CPU upgrade however, as the processor is now soldered to the logic board. Some owners of previous Minis are said to have kept systems current by swapping in new CPUs.