Apple's New Mac Mini Benchmarked
After Apple recently announced a refresh for the Mac mini, a pair of Mac colocation companies performed teardowns and benchmark tests of Apple’s new device. The result: Apple’s small format desktop performance is approaching that of legacy Xserves and 2010’s Mac Pro.
For those of you who didn't know, Apple recently announced a refresh for the Mac mini on Tuesday at a special event. The new iteration is largely seen as an incremental upgrade from last year’s model and doesn't feature a new design like the super thin iMac, however the internal upgrades are substantial enough to boost the tiny computer’s performance. In a recent blog post, Macminicolo
noted that the biggest upgrades to the new machine are Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and the option to configure up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM straight from Apple. The entry level offering now comes with 4GB (instead of just 2GB, which was just barely enough to run OS X Mountain Lion).
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also performed a quick teardown of the new model, finding that not much has changed besides a different fan design, the move to Hitachi HDDs, and updated antenna connections. The company also performed an identical Geekbench test and found that its out-of-the-box unit running OS X 10.8.1 scored 7433, compared to the 2011 Mac mini updated to OS X 10.8.2, which scored 6583.
The new Mac mini is already for sale, starting with a standard $599 configuration powered by an Intel 2.5GHz dual-core i5 chip, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. The most expensive configuration comes with OS X Mountain Lion Server, a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Two 1TB HDDs and Intel HD 4000 graphics.
Will any of you be getting a new Mac mini?
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