2018 Mac mini Teardown: User-Upgradeable RAM, But Soldered Down CPU and Storage

The restore professionals at iFixit have finished their teardown of the brand new Mac mini, offering a glance throughout the moveable desktop laptop.


Disassembly of the brand new Mac mini stays moderately simple. iFixit popped off the plastic backside duvet with its opening instrument 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With get entry to to the interior, iFixit then unscrewed the fan and popped out the good judgment board with some out of date thumb urgent.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 came upon previous this week.


As observed in older iMacs, the RAM is safe by way of a perforated protect that permits the reminiscence modules to function at a top frequency of 2666 MHz with out interfering with different software purposes, consistent with iFixit. To improve the RAM, the protect will also be got rid of by way of unfastening four Torx screws.

Other silicon at the good judgment board of this actual Mac mini comprises the Apple T2 safety chip, a 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 630, 128GB of flash garage from Toshiba, an Intel JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller, and a Gigabit Ethernet controller from Broadcom.


Despite the excellent news concerning 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 MacGuide Air, MacGuide, MacGuide Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro, and trailing best the 2013 Mac Pro.

“Back within the day, a Pro Mac intended a pc it’s essential to improve, configure, and attach as you happy,” iFixit’s teardown concludes. “This new mini aligns so smartly with that superb that we are shocked it did not earn itself a “Pro” identify—particularly in comparison to the an increasing number of closed-off MacGuide Pro line.”

The new Mac mini earned its upper repairability rating because of its simple disassembly with out 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 upkeep and upgrades.

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