The Mac mini Core i7 / 2.0 (mid-2011) is a revised server iteration of the Mac mini Core i7 / 2.7 (mid-2011) with a faster quad-core Intel processor and two 500 GB hard drives. It’s a net-top in a cuboid aluminum casing with an internal power unit, a Thunderbolt port, a removable panel on the bottom to provide an access to upgradeable RAM and no internal optical drive. The Mac mini Core i7 / 2.0 (mid-2011) features a 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 (2635QM) processor, 4GB of RAM (PC2-10600), two 500 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drives (7200 RPM) and Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics with 384 MB of integrated memory. The net top has an HDMI video out and a Thunderbolt port, four 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 i7 / 2.0 has standard AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini Core i7 / 2.0 is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.
Mac Mini Core i7 / 2.0 (Mid-2011, Server)
Introduced on: July 20, 2011.
Processor Speed: 2.0 GHz.
Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
Processor type: Intel “Core i7” (I7-2635QM “Sandy Bridge”).
On-Board RAM: DDR2 4 GB, 1333 MHz.
Max. RAM supported: DDR2 16 GB.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of integrated memory.
Dual display support: Yes.
Resolution Support: 1920 x 1200.
Storage: 2 x 500 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 750 GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive Supported.
Input\Output: 4 x USB 2.0, Firewire 800, SD card reader, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, HDMI and Thunderbolt.
Optical drive: optional external optical drive for an extra cost.
SD-card reader: Yes.
Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/ n, Bluetooth 4.0.
Preinstalled OS: X 10.7 (11A2061) “Lion Server”.
OS max. upgrade: 10.11.x “El Capitan” (requires 2 GB).
Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 inch maximum Weight: 2.0 lb.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Model No: A1347 (EMC 2442).
Apple Order number: MC936LL/A.
Discontinued: October 23, 2012.
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Unboxing “Sandy Bridge” i7 2.0Ghz Mac Mini (2011) Lion Server. Video uploaded by Mike Chia on July 31 2011.