Released on July 21, 2011. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Thunderbolt. This unit is also used to run the Mac Mini Server configuration.

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Is the CPU on the 2.5Ghz Radeon Mac Mini user upgradable?

Is the CPU on the 2.5Ghz Radeon Mac Mini user upgradable, or is this also soldered onto the motherboard like the base model?

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It is soldered onto the motherboard, just like the base model. The last mini to have a removable CPU was the A1176.

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For $100 you can get the faster and much more well rounded i7 processor.

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- the negative vote will be removed and a positive given if you can show a link to where this processor can be upgraded

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I think you misinterpreted my post. I was stating that for $100 the poster could simply select to have the i7 in his/her system instead of the i5. The upgrade to the i7 is $100, hence my post. See here: http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html

I also know this, well, because I have one.

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