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What type of video system is provided by the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? Which are integrated and which are dedicated? Can the video be upgraded?

The four different Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini lines -- the Mid-2010, Mid-2011, Late 2012 and Late 2014 models -- have an assortment of different video systems.

Aluminum Mac mini Mid-2010
Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (Mid-2010 Aluminum Mac mini)

Most of these Mac mini models have integrated memory, which generally is slower than dedicated graphics available at the same time, but two have dedicated/discreet memory. All of the Aluminum Mac mini models have a video processor that is soldered in place and it cannot be removed or upgraded.

The video processor details for each Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini model include:

Mac mini

Subfamily

Video System

Type

"Core 2 Duo" 2.4

Mid-2010

GeForce 320M

Integrated

"Core 2 Duo" 2.66

Mid-2010

GeForce 320M

Integrated

"Core 2 Duo" 2.66 (S)

Mid-2010

GeForce 320M

Integrated

"Core i5" 2.3

Mid-2011

HD Graphics 3000

Integrated

"Core i5" 2.5

Mid-2011

Radeon HD 6630M

Dedicated (GDDR5)

"Core i7" 2.7

Mid-2011

Radeon HD 6630M

Dedicated (GDDR5)

"Core i7" 2.0 Server

Mid-2011

HD Graphics 3000

Integrated

"Core i5" 2.5

Late 2012

HD Graphics 4000

Integrated

"Core i7" 2.3

Late 2012

HD Graphics 4000

Integrated

"Core i7" 2.6

Late 2012

HD Graphics 4000

Integrated

"Core i7" 2.3 Server

Late 2012

HD Graphics 4000

Integrated

"Core i7" 2.6 Server

Late 2012

HD Graphics 4000

Integrated

"Core i5" 1.4

Late 2014

HD Graphics 5000

Integrated

"Core i5" 2.6

Late 2014

Iris 5100

Integrated

"Core i5" 2.8

Late 2014

Iris 5100

Integrated

"Core i7" 3.0

Late 2014

Iris 5100

Integrated


If you would like to have the possibility to upgrade your video card in the future, it would be wise to instead consider a Mac Pro model.

What is the largest display the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models will support? What type of displays do they support? Do they support dual displays? Do they support a 4K/Ultra HD display?

All of the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models are capable of supporting one or two displays. Each can support at least one 2560x1600 display and a second 1920x1200 display, but some models can support two 2560x1600 displays.

The current "Late 2014" Mac mini models -- the Mac mini "Core i5" 1.4, "Core i5" 2.6, "Core i5" 2.8, and "Core i7" 3.0 -- can support a 4K or Ultra HD display/television at 3840x2160 at a 30 Hz refresh rate or 4096x2160 at a 24 Hz refresh rate via the HDMI port. These models also can support 4K/Ultra HD displays equipped with a DisplayPort using SST (single-stream transport) at 30 Hz. Earlier Aluminum Mac mini models cannot support 4K/Ultra HD displays.

The precise resolution support and connector types are easiest to visualize as a chart:

Mac mini Primary Display Primary Connector(s) Secondary Display Secondary Connector
Mid-2010 2560x1600 Mini DisplayPort 1920x1200 HDMI
Mid-2011 2560x1600 Thunderbolt 1920x1200 HDMI
Mid-2011 (6630M*) 2560x1600 x2* Thunderbolt* 1920x1200 HDMI
Late 2012 2560x1600 Thunderbolt 1920x1200 HDMI
Late 2014 2560x1600 Thunderbolt 2† 2560x1600 Thunderbolt 2†
HDMI


* The higher-end "Mid-2011" Mac mini models -- the Mac mini "Core i5" 2.5 and "Core i7" 2.7 -- have an AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory and can support two daisy-chained Thunderbolt displays.

† The "Late 2014" Mac mini models have two Thunderbolt 2 ports and an HDMI port.

Also see:

  • How do I connect an Aluminum Mac mini to a television?
  • What is HDMI?
  • What is "Thunderbolt"? Is it an industry standard? What advantages does it offer? Are there any disadvantages?



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