Let me give you a brief history if you're unawares. In 2012, Mac mini was beloved. There were two notable models: Base model - i5 CPU - dual-core, with four logical threads due to HyperThreading. Server model - i7 CPU - quad-core, with 8 threads due to HT. [HyperThreading, in heavily threaded tasks which don't max out the cores, provide roughly 40-50% of the benefit of a real core.] Now, the 2018 Mini. "Base model comes with quad-core CPU". THE CROWDS GO WILD. ... But hold on one second, lets check it out. Base model - i3 quad-core Intel® Core™ i3-8100 Processor HALLOWEEN SURPRISE boys & girls! HyperThreading on new Intel chips is rare! Base model is now a quad-core, 4-thread chip (HT not available). Mid-tier i5 upgrade: Intel® Core™ i5-8500B Processor 6-core, 6-thread chip Top end i7: Intel® Core™ i7-8700B Processor THIS is where the party begins. This is a full-fledged, six-core 12-thread monster. Comes at a price though. But StickMan like surely the base model 2018 trounces the server edition quad core beast from 2012! Geekbench scores 2012 4C8T: Single core - 3750. Multicore - 12700 2018 4C4T: Single core - 4379. Multicore - 12524 Can I get a B-A-R-E-L-Y? tl;dr don't believe the marketing, check for yourself. If you were expecting a typical 4-core chip with HyperThreading, you're mistaken.