Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (Server)

The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (server) is a revised server iteration of the Mac mini “Core 2 Duo ” / 2.53 (late 2009) and therefore lacks a slot-loaded optical disk drive. Other than that, its design is the same – a net-top in a cuboid casing with an external power unit. As for the hardware, the Mac mini “Core 2 Duo ” / 2.53 (server) has dual 500 GB hard drives and MacOS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server aboard. The Mac mini “Core 2 Duo” / 2.53 (late 2009) features a 2.53 GHz Intel “Core 2 Duo ” (P8700) processor, 2 GB of RAM (PC2-5300), dual 500 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drives (5400 RPM), an 8X double-layer “SuperDrive” and GeForce 9400M graphics with 256 MB of integrated memory. The net top has a mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video out, five USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 800 port, a built-in mono-speaker, an audio-out mini-jack and an audio line-in/digital audio input. As for the wireless, the Mac mini “Core 2 Duo” / 2.53 has standard to AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini “Core 2 Duo” / 2.53 is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (Server)

Introduced on: October 20, 2009.


  • Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel “Core 2 Duo” (P8700 “Penryn”).
  • Cores: 2.
  • On-Board RAM: DDR2 2 GB, 667 MHz.
  • Max. RAM supported: DDR2 8 GB.
  • Graphics: GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of integrated memory.
  • Dual display support: Yes.
  • Resolution Support: 1920 x 1200.
  • Storage: 2x 500 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 500 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 5 x USB 2.0, Firewire 800, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video out.
  • Optical drive: None.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/ n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
  • Preinstalled OS: Server 10.6.1.
  • OS max. upgrade: 10.11.x “El Capitan” (requires 2 GB).
  • Dimensions: 2.0 x 6.5 x 6.5 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 2.9 lb.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1283 (EMC 2336).

Apple Order number: MC408LL/A.

Discontinued: June 15, 2010.

Price: $999.


  • The 500 GB drives can be replaced with SSD that increase the server life. The Mac Mini can run server under Ubuntu Server as well.


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