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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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New Mac Mini Benchmarks Show Significant Performance Gains




Just like early reports on the new MacBook Air released yesterday, the new Mac mini is also showing significant improvements in raw performance over its predecessor machines. Mac mini web hosting company Macminicolo.net has obtained both standard and server models of the new line and put them through some preliminary benchmarking using Geekbench.




The testing reveals significant performance improvements for the Mac mini, with the entry-level 2.3 GHz Core i5 model showing an over 50% jump in Geekbench scoring over earlier generations and the 2.0 GHz Core i7 server model showing even more impressive results with its Geekbench score coming in at well over double that of its predecessor.

As we noted on yesterday's MacBook Air report, Geekbench focuses on raw processor and memory performance, and real-world performance will also depend on other aspects of a system including graphics capabilities and data storage components.




The report also offers a few unboxing photos and some shots of the initial setup process in which the Mac mini server model offers to migrate from an existing server setup. Also noted is the fact that the server edition includes iLife apps, as the server portion of Lion is simply an add-on for the basic OS X Lion. Under Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife apps were not included on server machines.

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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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So Core 2 Duo is dead now? About time.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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Why not use xbench? That does score based on graphics, everything else. Hopefully that would give you some more accurate comparisons.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:14 PM   #5
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So Core 2 Duo is dead now? About time.
Aww, that's what my MBP has...

Mac Mini looks really tiny!
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:16 PM   #6
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has Anyone tried to install Snow Leopard on it???

Is it possible?
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:16 PM   #7
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I wish they would add a hard drive based terrabyte option for the non-server based mini's.

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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:17 PM   #8
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The top spec mini getting dedicated graphics is a great move.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:17 PM   #9
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Why not use xbench? That does score based on graphics, everything else. Hopefully that would give you some more accurate comparisons.
XBench hasn't been updated since 2006, and doesn't have a good reputation for accuracy.

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I wish they would add a hard drive based terrabyte option for the non-server based mini's
I wish they didn't require you to purchase the server model with two hard drives. If I bought this machine (it's the highest end model afterall) I would have little interest in the bundled options, and the fact you have to purchase it with two bundled drives just makes it worse.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:18 PM   #10
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i have core 2 due imac and mac mini and they are fine once you bump up the ram..
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There goes the G5 Quad Vs. Mac Mini threads
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But not the Server model.
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But not the Server model.
Ugh, I didn't even notice that. What a horrible move -- they make you choose between dual core and good graphics, or quad core and poor graphics.
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But not the Server model.
Thats right. There's usually some compromise with Apple Maybe the extra harddrive took up cooling space?
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But not the Server model.
Would the quad-core and the discrete graphics produce too much heat in such a tiny enclosure?
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Lion does not support Word/Excel for Mac? Right?
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Why not use xbench? That does score based on graphics, everything else. Hopefully that would give you some more accurate comparisons.
I agree. While Geekbench is useful sometimes, it doesn't really give you the whole picture.

And, as with any synthetic benchmarks, it doesn't give you the real world performance indicators.
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Come on Apple, at least give the low-end the DVD drive so people can get a good HTPC setup for cheap!
...Then again, that would hurt Apple TV sales.
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i want the high end version. that is a great price for that performance
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:33 PM   #20
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Lion does not support Word/Excel for Mac? Right?
Works no problem for me....
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Lion does not support Word/Excel for Mac? Right?
My MS Office for Mac 2011 works just fine on Lion.

(2008, also, but I've heard you can't install 2008 anew on Lion systems.)
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has Anyone tried to install Snow Leopard on it???

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We tried to get it running on these Mac minis, not luck yet.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 05:35 PM   #23
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Probably just TurboBoost gimmicks.
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My parents wanted a replacement for their older PC that died. I suggested the Mac Mini and they waited, but the new ones don't have a disc drive which they need. I like the specs but am not sure if they'll spend an extra $80 for the drive. It looks really sleek though.
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We tried to get it running on these Mac minis, not luck yet.
Any more details on that?
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