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Apple Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 (Late 2009) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2009 - MC238LL/A - Macmini3,1 - A1283 - 2336

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Apple Mac mini The Apple Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 (Late 2009) features a 2.26 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" (P7750) processor, a 3 MB on-chip level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) memory, a 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive, a slot-loading 8X double-layer "SuperDrive", and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256 MB of memory shared with the system.

Connectivity includes Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, a Firewire "800" port, five USB 2.0 ports, combined "optical digital audio input/audio line in" and combined "optical digital audio output/headphone" minijacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

Late 2009 Mac mini models have the internal components enclosed in a tiny and elegant 2.9 lb, 6.5 inch square, two inch tall case with a built-in speaker and an external power supply. All Mac mini systems ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse, but numerous Apple and third-party options are available.

Also see: What are the differences between the "Late 2009" Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" configurations? What are the differences between these Mac mini models and the models replaced?

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October 20, 2009 June 15, 2010
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2009.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
3205 3521
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1249 2165
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1353 2390
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo (P7550)
Details: The Intel "Core 2 Duo" (P7750) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How fast is the "Late 2009" Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" compared to earlier Mac mini models?
N/A 2.53 GHz
Details: This model also was available via custom configuration with a 2.53 GHz "Core 2 Duo" (P8700) processor for an additional US$150. For all practical purposes, this custom configuration is the same as the Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 (Late 2009), but with less RAM and a smaller hard drive than that configuration offered by default.
Soldered Integrated
Details: The processor is soldered directly to the motherboard.

Also see: Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Intel Mac mini models?
1066 MHz 2.26 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 1066 MHz frontside bus.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: Also see: Does the Intel Mac mini have a ROM or BIOS?
32k/32k 3 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 3 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz
Details: Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the polycarbonate Intel Mac mini models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
2 GB 8 GB*
Details: By default, 2 GB is installed as two 1 GB modules.

*Officially, this model is capable of supporting 4 GB of RAM, but as first reported by MacminiColo, this model unofficially can use 8 GB of RAM.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this Mac mini.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.

In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: N/A
GeForce 9400M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: *Apple reports that this model has 256 MB of memory shared with system memory. Please note that this is the minimum graphics memory usage but the memory available to MacOS X "may vary depending on graphics needs".
Dual Displays 1920x1200*
Details: *This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560x1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).
Dual/Mirroring* 2560x1600*
Details: *This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560x1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).
160 GB Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details: This model also could be equipped with a 320 GB or 500 GB hard drive for an additional US$100 or US$200, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the Intel Mac mini models? What type of hard drive do they support? Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a second hard drive?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.

Also in the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers professional hard drive replacement and SSD installation as well as other services with a 24 hour turnaround for this Mac mini.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.
8X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that the slot-loading 8X double-layer SuperDrive "writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed."

This model uses an SATA connector for the optical drive.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the Mac mini "Core" models? Which can read and write dual-layer DVDs?

Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a "Data Doubler" mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this Mac mini.
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
5 (2.0) 1 (800)
Details: Five 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire "800" port.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: No Mac mini systems ship with a keyboard or mouse.
Cuboid Mac mini
Details: Uses a tiny and elegant 6.5 inch wide, 6.5 inch deep, and 2 inch tall case.
MC238LL/A Late 2009
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1283 (EMC 2336) Macmini3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1283 Model Number, the 2336 EMC Number, and the Macmini3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
X 10.6 (10A432) Current*
Details: *This system can run the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," although it does not support the AirDrop, AirPlay Mirroring, or Power Nap features. It does support "OpenCL" and Grand Central Dispatch introduced with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard," although it is not supported booting in 64-bit mode when running this version of the operating system.

Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X, like Mountain Lion and Mavericks, are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard."
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (32-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit version of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.

For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
2.0 x 6.5 x 6.5 2.9 lbs. (1.31 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (5.08 cm, 16.51 cm, 16.51 cm).
US$599 US$500-US$550
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


2* None
Details: *1 Mini-DVI and 1 Mini DisplayPort.

Supports dual simultaneous displays -- 1920x1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560x1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter). Includes a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
5 (2.0) 1 (800)
Details: Five 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire "800" port.
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) offered for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n), and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
None None
Details: N/A
None 1
Details: Combined "optical digital audio input/audio line in minijack."
1 1
Details: Single combined "optical digital audio output/headphone out minijack."
1 None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 100V-240V, 110W maximum.



Global original prices for the Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 (Late 2009) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$649 US$599

Original Prices - Europe

€549 N/A
DKK 4,299 €549
€549 €549
€549 €549
€549 N/A
€549 €549
SEK 5.995 CHF 749
£499

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 4,998 HK$4,788
¥62,900 N/A
NT$21,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$849 NZ$1049


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