Best Os For 2009 Mac Mini

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Re-engineered in no small way.

New eighth-generation 6‑core and quad‑core processors

Faster 2666MHz DDR4 memory up to 64GB

What is the latest/best performing OS to use for a 2009 white unibody Macbook, running an SSD and 8GB RAM. Otherwise, the usual stock specs: 2.26Ghz C2D, GeForce 9400M, etc. I don't want to upgrade to Sierra and have it be unnecessarily slow. All 2009 Mac Mini models max out at macOS 10.11.6 (). The 2010 models — the first aluminum unibody minis — can run macOS 10.12 and are still supported with new updates as of this writing.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI 2.0, and available 10Gb Ethernet

Blazing-fast all-flash storage with up to 2TB SSD

  1. This is a Mac Mini (early 2009) Intel Core Duo 2MGz with 2GB RAM and a 120GB HD with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion installed.
  2. Despite iFixit scoring the recent Retina MacBook Pro models 2/10 for repairability, the new Mac Mini managed an 8/10.This tiny-but-powerful computer has always offered a way to make future upgrades possible, housed in an easy-to-access case, with upgradable parts that aren’t permanently soldered into the system.
  3. Mac Mini Desktops The Mac Mini is a desktop computer that was designed by Apple as an entry-level device in the Macintosh lineup. First released in 2005, the Mac Mini emphasizes convenience over raw power.

Part racehorse. All workhorse.

In addition to being a great desktop computer, Mac mini powers everything from home automation to giant render farms. And now with eighth-generation Intel quad-core and 6-core processors and Intel UHD Graphics 630, Mac mini has even more compute power for industrial-grade tasks. So whether you’re running a live concert sound engine or testing your latest iOS app, Mac mini is the shortest distance between a great idea and a great result.

Cool story.

Packing this much power into the same enclosure required an all-new thermal architecture — including all-flash storage, a bigger fan, expanded vents, and a redesigned power supply.

Climb in. Geek out.

Mac mini features high-performance 2666MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM memory for faster rendering, working with massive files, or running multiple virtual machines. And now you can configure even more memory — up to 64GB — to run even heavier workloads.

Haul apps.

Mac mini now includes all-flash PCIe-based storage, with up to four times the read speeds of previous flash options. So you can load giant files and launch apps faster than ever — and with the available 2TB SSD, you’ll have twice the space for all of them.

Next-generation security.

Mac mini features the Apple T2 Security Chip — second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make Mac mini even more secure. The T2 Security Chip consolidates several controllers into one, and includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.

  • Consolidated controllers

  • Secure boot capability

  • Secure Enclave coprocessor

  • Encrypted storage capability

Strength in numbers.

Mac mini is optimized for performance across the board. Here’s how it compares to the previous generation.

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2009 Mac Mini Specs

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I/O, I/O, it’s off to work you go.

With a variety of ports, Mac mini is ready for a variety of workflow configurations. Thunderbolt 3 is our most powerful and versatile port ever — and Mac mini has four of them. The new HDMI 2.0 port delivers more bandwidth than its predecessor, so you can enjoy faster frame rates. And now Mac mini can be configured with 10Gb Ethernet so it's ready to move mountainous files and monstrous data up to 10 times faster.

Thunderbolt 3
3.5 mm
headphone jack

Thunderbolt 3 gives you some seriously productive possibilities. Transfer data at up to 40Gb/s. Charge and power external devices. Connect up to two 4K displays — and even a third with HDMI 2.0 — or one 5K display. Or pair Mac mini with an eGPU for desktop-class graphics performance. Learn more

Charge and provide power from any port

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4K displays

To the desktop. And beyond.

Because of its size, performance, and wide array of ports, Mac mini goes where no Mac has gone before. And now with even more cores packed into its 7.7-inch-square frame, you never know where you’ll find a Mac mini — or dozens of them — hard at work.

With up to 6-core processors and faster 2666MHz memory, Mac mini is ideal for batching out massive Xcode builds or rendering and encoding video.

Up to six CPU cores and superfast I/O make Mac mini the perfect Xcode companion to build your apps at top speed while running automated tests in the background.

With its lightning-quick SSD, ripping-fast performance, and small footprint, Mac mini becomes a live musical instrument with MainStage on some of the world’s largest concert tours.

From jaw-dropping performance art to giant immersive digital billboards, Mac mini drives some of the biggest and brightest digital displays with its powerful processors, high-performance memory, and fast, versatile I/O.

macOS Mojave

Simply powerful.

Featuring Dark Mode, new pro-inspired features, four new apps, and a redesigned Mac App Store.

Apple Trade In

Get up to $1400 toward a new Mac mini.17

Just trade in your eligible computer for credit or recycle it for free. It’s good for you and the planet.

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I have a Mac mini (Late 2009) (hw.model: Macmini3,1, 2 GB RAM) that I've got hooked on my TV primary as a 'media consumption' device... but a while ago I updated it to:

Mac-mini:~ javier$ sw_versProductName: Mac OS XProductVersion: 10.8.5BuildVersion: 12F2518

and it crawls along, which is quite painful. I'm debating whether upgrading it to Mavericks or Yosemite might bring some relief for performance... I don't need a blazing computer, but taking 2 minutes to load VLC is a bit too much IMO...

I have thought about upgrading the RAM and maybe getting a better (larger) HD as 160 GB isn't too much these days, but I don't know if that might be throwing money down the sink...

Thanks in advance for any tips!

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I have a Mac Mini late 2009 as well. I upgraded the HD to an SSD and the RAM to the max 8GB. Runs faster than a new i5 notebook with similar specs. There's life in the old girl yet. After 7 years needed to replace the CPU fan, and the Magic Mouse died. USB mouse solved that but I lost he swipe capabilities. Nice little box.


The answer to your question, in short: It is always advised that you have the latest possible OS for your computer. This is due to the myriad of bug fixes and security patches that come along with new OS updates and intermediary releases.

I would suggest bumping up the RAM to the highest possible as well, but at least to 4GB. This should result in an immediate performance boost and result in smoother system operation. Switching the HDD can also help, but is less urgent.

If all else fails, you can always try restoring the operating software to a new state. Often, systems will change over time and become loaded down with old/unpatched/inefficient software and/or changes made to files that result in degraded performance. A new clean wipe will ensure you are running the best software available for the machine.


I have found that while my mac mini late 2009 was usable upto mavericks, it wasnt a nice experience mainly due to apples aweful choice of the super slow 5200rpm 2.5 inch hd (it was subpar even when it was launched).

So instead of going all out ssd (which would be best performance, but costly to get 1gb of space), I opted to buy a hybrid hard drive (this one:, this is basically a small ssd with a large normal hd.

On mavericks it made the mac mini feel like a new mac! The drive basically moves the most common apps and files to the ssd part and so you get mad speed most of the time. all at £60 - you cant that kind of bang for your buck with pure ssd.

Plus, now with el capitan update, the mac is faster still.

I still have the option of replacing the ram (currently at 4gb), which will probably the last thing I can do to this little machine.


I've strived to get at least 10 years of life out of all my Macs starting back in the 80's.

So when I updated to OS X 10.11, El Capitan, on my late 2009 Mac Mini I felt like something was dying.

Needless to say, the 2GB RAM is not sufficient but a very affordable 8GB upgrade (US$46) was well worth it. Now all my newer OS devices play nice and I'm happy to push onward for four more years.

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I run 10.6.8 and have absolutely no problem with the OS or specific apps 'crawling along' (I have 4GB RAM and a spinning disk HD). I am using it to stream videos on Netflix and Amazon without issue. Judging from your question I would thus advise other users against updating OSX to versions later than 10.6.8. These 'upgrades' may compatible with such an old Mac Mini but may bring it to a crawl. (The only problem with having such an outdated version of the OS is that it is no longer possible to update Chrome & Firefox to the most recent versions. This together with an old OS probably constitutes an overall security issue.)

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