Early Impressions and Benchmarks on Apple's 2012 Mac Mini

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Colocation data center Macminicolo has already gotten its hands on the new Mac mini, putting all three stock models through benchmarking tests and sharing initial impressions of the machines.

    Geekbench results, which focus strictly on processor and memory performance, show a marginal increase in performance for the entry-level machine compared to the previous generation, with more substantial gains coming in the higher-end models tapping into quad-core Ivy Bridge processors. Early impressions of the latest models include:
    Another colocation center, Mac Mini Vault, has also taken a look at the new Mac mini, noting that their machine arrived running a custom Build 12B2080 of OS X 10.8.1. The company also performed a quick teardown of the machine, noting that Apple has tweaked the fan design since last year's model and also made some changes to the wireless antennas.


    Article Link: Early Impressions and Benchmarks on Apple's 2012 Mac Mini
  2. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
  3. waloshin macrumors 68030


    Oct 9, 2008
  4. redirector macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Breaking 11k.
    Impressive. Most impressive.
    And about 3x my 2009 iMac 24" C2D!
  5. davidcmc macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2009
  6. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    I'm thinking the 2.6Ghz quad is in my future. I don't really need a laptop as much anymore, with the iPad, and I've got a 24" Samsung LED LCD that I'm quite fond of.
  7. MacintoshMan macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2006
    Don't insult us with Xserves and say that the two are comparable. Does the new Mac Mini support ethernet bonding? oh wait, it only has one ethernet port.
  8. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    Hmmm, can I play SC2 on high settings on a 1920x1080 and get 40fps+? :D
  9. tkatz macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009
    But the Mac Mini has a thunderbolt port which you can add at least another ethernet "port" with.
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Reminds me of a quote I overheard 25 years ago. Company director was conducting a tour and pointing out one of the "new" VMS workstations (about twice the size of a Mac Pro). "The amazing thing is that is a 1 MIPS machine! It's incredible!"

    Plus ça change...
  11. Kid A macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    meet the all new Mac Pro: the Mac mini. (???)
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I think it is a little silly to be so amazed over 8 GB SO-DIMMs.
  13. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Thunderbolt to Ethernet dongle + built in Ethernet
    Thunderbolt Display with Ethernet + built in Ethernet
    USB3.0 to Ethernet dongle + built in Ethernet

    I'd say that's three ways (two fairly cheap) to get two GB Ethernet ports on the Mac Mini wouldn't you?
  14. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  15. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    Me too.
  16. Naimfan macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    I almost wish I needed one!

    Looks like a great machine.
  17. zombierunner macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2011
    I think for the prices apple charge for their macs, a ssd should come as standard across the board.
  18. Pathologos macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Anyone going to use the new Mac mini to build a render farm? Looking for some tips... I.e. is CPU the most important variable?
  19. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Geez, sensitive much?

    You were 'insulted' by a tech review?

    It was a helpful comparison to give a rough estimate of how far the mini has come. I found it useful and not once did I think "Ha ha, Macrumors sure stuck it to MacintoshMan!"
  20. Fifemacuser macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I was considering the new low end, but I think that this has just made my mind up. Want the machine to last a good while so the mid it is! :D
  21. 435713, Oct 24, 2012
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    435713 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2010
    Scores are good. Imagine the increase if the case was...dare I say...a little bigger and fatter, with the ability to have a nice GPU as well as a desktop CPU. Wait I said bigger? WHOA Johnny Five Ive don't pass out.

    Mini is a good machine though not knocking it really, it could be so much more.
  22. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Seems the dedicated GPU got the ax in favor of a quad-core CPU.
  23. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2009
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I'm picking one up to act as the main workhorse at home. We both have iPads and one ageing MBP, which should last a while longer yet. I get edu discount, so @ £430 it seems like a good buy. Will upgrade the RAM, obviously!
  24. KindredMAC macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    I absolutely love my 2010 mini and would love to replace it with the quad core version.

    The mini has really become a nice little machine for everything from home theater use to graphic design to mini server use.

    Between this and the iMac, the only pros that need the Mac Pro have been dwindled down to maybe 750-1000 potential customers possibly?

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