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I ordered from Amazon mac mini i5 base model as $999 and I had to return it.Heating problem is real. I tested internal and external SSD with running TD thinkorswim app only and mini heat up more than my 5 years old HP laptop.I think it is problem with both thermal paste and cooling method. Mac mini has no intake vent hole other than bottom which cover by rubber plate.DDR4, CPU heat up pretty fast and cool air sip in through bottom plate gap is too slow. Also PSU create heat as well.Apple need redesign the new Mac mini. Maybe need side or front vent array of hole or design like AppleTV 4K bottom.
If anyone paying 2018 mini over $1700 then I suggest buy 2019 iMac(after Apple upgrade at least new intel CPU).That will be more bang for the bucks you spent. Either you buy iMac or Mini at over $1700, and you are still going to use external SSD as boot drive via TB3 then what matters to internal HDD or SSD size? Just stick to base configuration and upgrade only i7 6 core CPU.Don't forget, you get 5K 27' monitor built in iMac. Also if Apple still keep 4 RAM slot user upgrade on 2019 iMac then you should not buy Mini over $1700.If I configure 2018 mini passing $1299 then I rather buy 2019 iMac 27'. At least I can use original RAM+ upgrade module and don't need to buy eGPU either.if you are developer or professional job requires high end GPU then I suggest wait until Apple lunch new 2019 MacPRO.MacMini should be remain entry level "PRO" configuration. Not worth to spend over $1299.Myself, I wouldn't pay more than $1099 as base i3 to i7 upgrade only.I just saw replace ram module for 2018 mini, and if Apple just half inch thicker than 2017 mini, They could add PCI-E SSD module slot instead solder to board.
vulpine said:YP101 said:NVME speed is good but compare to 2.5' SSD, The price is too much for now. The SSD speed is concern then I rather buy dual bay with raid 0 as 2 1TB 2.5' SSD.
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD: $308
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD: $228
Even when you add the cost of an enclosure, the NVMe SSD seems like the clear winner.I don't know when you search that in Amazon, so far I am looking at following link todayhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=samsung+970+evo+1tb&rh=i:aps,k:samsung+970+evo+1tb860 EVO 1TB is $162 and 970 EVO NVME is $227.Far as I know NVME SSD price never lower than 2,5' SSD. I bought 2 years ago on black friday 860 EVO 2.5 1TB was $170 from Samsung and newegg and they gave me free game with it(another $50 worth)I don't think NVME 1TB will not go less than $180 even on 2018 black Friday. There was rumor SSD price will drop much as 30% end of 2018 or so. But time to tell.I expect 2.5' SSD 1TB should be around $120 for 860 EVO on black Friday or cyber Monday. Other Micron and cheaper brand should be around $99 mark.I am look into 2TB for $180-190 hopefully..