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  1. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown, Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Good things come in mini packages. This mini is packing:

    • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7

    • 500 GB hard drive or 1 TB hard drive configurable to a 1 TB Fusion Drive or 256 GB solid-state drive—upgradable with an extra hard drive or SSD using our dual hard drive kit

    • 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of DDR3 SDRAM

    • Intel HD Graphics 4000

    • Thunderbolt and HDMI ports

    • SDXC card slot

    • This mini lacks an optical drive, just like its predecessor.

  2. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • It's beginning to feel like Groundhog Day. The same model number (A1347) has graced the 2011 and 2010 minis.

    • The port layout is consistent with last year's model:

    • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet

    • FireWire 800

    • HDMI (HDMI to DVI adapter included)

    • Thunderbolt (supports high-speed I/O and Mini DisplayPort)

    • Four USB 3.0 ports (an upgrade from last year's 2.0)

    • SDXC card reader

  3. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 3, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Twist and shout!

    • A simple twist of the bottom cover and we're in. That is plus one for repairability.

    • Upgradeable RAM!! Oh, how we've missed you!

    • The 2012 iteration of the Mac mini is equipped with PC3-12800 DDR3 RAM.

    • It's refreshing to see an Apple product with user replaceable/upgradeable RAM.

  4. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 4, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • We're fans of easily removable fans.

    • Easily accessible fans mean soot sprites better run for cover, because cleaning dirty fans is no problem.

    • Need to clean your fan? Directions can be found here.

  5. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 5, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • We remove the fan cowling, eager to get at the Wi-Fi antenna plate.

    • We are really starting to suspect that Dr. Emmett Brown had something to do with this mini as the antenna board and grille look identical to the last two renditions.

    • Here we find the legendary Mac mini logic board removal tool in its natural habitat.

    • Note the ease of use as the tool swoops in to release the logic board of the mini.

  6. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 7, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • The first component off the logic board assembly is the speaker assembly.

    • The speaker cable was arranged in a twisted pair, probably to reduce EMI that could distort the sweet, iconic tones of the Apple startup sound.

  7. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 8, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • The Wi-Fi board, labeled BCM94331PCIEBT3B, stands no chance against our spudger as we make it truly wireless.

    • Removing the EMI shields allows us to peek at the ICs on the communications board:

    • Broadcom BCM4331 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi chip

    • Broadcom BCM20702 Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter

    • SiGe 5503A 2304A Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Front End

    • SiGe 2598L

    • P2303A TUB2P

    • 7871 1228 C6050

  8. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • The heat sink is next to go.

    • Apple has really keyed in on their boomerang-style heat sink abilities—and for that, we applaud them. We know boomerangs can be tough to master.

    • Similar, again! We have not tried installing old 2011 mini parts in the 2012 mini, but we are certainly not ruling out the possibility!

  9. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 10, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 10, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • A series of screws and tightly wrapped antenna cables secure the rear I/O panel shield to the logic board.

    • A few twists of our precision aluminum driver with a T6 Torx bit and some cable de-routing is all it takes to remove the shield.

  10. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Some mini players on the top of the not-so-mini logic board:

    • Cirrus Logic 4206B Audio Controller

    • SMSC USB2512B USB Hub Controller

    • Broadcom BCM57765 gigabit ethernet and memory card controller

    • Intel L232TB45 Thunderbolt Port Controller

    • LSI L-FW643E-2

    • DELTA 8904C-F Filter

  11. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • The rear side of the logic board:

    • Intel HM77 (SLJ8C) platform controller hub

    • Intel V227C254 2.5 GHz dual-core i5

    • SMSC 1428-7 system management bus temperature sensor

    • Parade PS8401A HDMI/DVI level shifter

    • DELTA 8904C-F Filter

    • LM4FS1AH

  12. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 13, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Tucked away neatly near the rear of the mini is the hard drive.

    • Our model came with a 500 GB Hitachi hard drive.

    • The mini is one of the Macs launched with the Fusion Drive.

    • Apple's Fusion Drive is not to be confused with the Impulse Fusion Drive of Star Trek.

  13. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 14, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 14, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Next up, we displace the power of the mini.

    • It is beginning to feel repetitive to say how repetitive Apple is in the design of the mini; nonetheless, the power supply appears identical to last year's model.

    • In this case, we have to say that repetition is a good thing, as the mini continues to be one of the most repairable devices that Apple produces.

    • Just like last year, the power supply provides 85 watts to the Mac mini—that's the same kind of electric juice as the AC adapter for a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro.

  14. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 15, image 1 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 15, image 2 of 3 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • We were especially curious to see if this new Mac mini is still compatible with our dual hard drive upgrade kit, so we got to testing it!

    • Following along with our own guide for the 2011 model was a snap, and everything fit perfectly.

    • After a quick reassembly, we booted this guy up for the first time—with 50% extra storage. Success!

  15. Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 16, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2012 Teardown: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Mac mini Mid 2012 Repairability: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • No proprietary screws are found within the device.

    • You can easily upgrade your RAM and hard drive, as well as add a secondary drive.

    • There's no glue anywhere inside that needs to be removed while disassembling the mini.

    • The CPU is soldered to the logic board and not user-upgradeable.

    • While not difficult to do, you still have to remove almost all the internals in order to replace the power supply.

crwdns2917036:015crwdne2917036:0

Hello,

I see that Mac mini Late 2012 have a Hitachi HTS545050A7E362 HDD

What kind of SATA connection have that Hitachi HDD?

And what kind of SATA connection have Mac mini Late 2012? SATA II or SATA III?

Regards

nickeditor - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Can you add in an SSD with your dual drive kit to see if Fusion turns on somehow?

Below - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Can you confirm that you can add a second hard drive if you choose the fusion drive option? I believe Apple have used that extra space in the mac mini to pack in the 128GB SSD for the fusion drive.

Roy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

when reinstalling the heatsink did you notice the heatsink does not 100% connect to the platform hub?

even when screwed down tight and new thermal paste applied there is still a paper thin gap between heatsink and platform controller hub

can anyone else confirm this???

thanks

kevin

beanieboy182@hotmail.com

kevin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I noticed this too

Victor -

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