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LeeW

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I had the 2018 MM, 16GB/512GB, upgraded to the M1, 16GB/512GB.

What do you want thoughts on?

For me, it runs way better, snappier, and processes everything so much quicker.
Apps open fast and appear to run faster than before.
If it's your thing you can now use iPhone/iPad apps. Not my thing but yeah, works fine.
Anything so far that runs through Rosetta2, if I didn't know it was happening I wouldn't even suspect it.
Not coming across anything so far that doesn't just work that I used before.

Although not a big point for me I have enjoyed playing a few games on the new Mac Mini, I am a casual World of Warcraft player, on the 2018 Mini, it was mediocre at best and the heat generation was really bad. Just spent three hours playing tonight, Mini hardly got warm and I was able to play on max settings with a couple of tweaks getting 60fps on a 3440x1440 resolution. That alone is just amazing when compared to all previous Apple devices without a dGPU.

Even tried a few games that need Rosetta and I know were unplayable, now? Totally playable.

So yeah, Apple and I have not had the best relationship in recent years but I will give it to them, they undersold just how good the M1 is.
 

Pagemakers

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. You’re not running an ultra wide monitor are you?

I’d be moving from 8G 256. It happily runs my 5120x1440 display. Looking round the internet and a few people are having ultra wide display issues.

Glad to hear you have almost no issues. The lower cost point seems a no-brainer to me.
 
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LeeW

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You’re not running an ultra wide monitor are you?

Not sure where the Ultra-wide issues are coming from but I am using an ultrawide without issue. This one.


Not quite the resolution you are looking at but can't say whether you could have issues.
 

mathpunk

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I traded in a 2018 i7/32GB/1TB for the base model M1/8GB/256GB. I use the machines for dev work, and the M1 is definitely faster than the i7 for all of my work. The SSD is about the same, GPU much faster on M1. The i7 was a space heater, but the M1 stays cool while running faster. I'm using the same LG 4K display, and it works much the same, just faster. The only thing I have trouble with is support for my scanner is lacking on the M1 (thus far).
 
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phoenix-mac-user

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I upgraded from a 2018 i5 with 32GB memory to the M1 Base Mac mini. I basically sold my old one for the cost of the new one and I am happy with my decision.

So far, have had no issues with the 8GB of memory, though I still have a week to change my mind and wait it out until after Christmas for the 16GB. Rather than do that, I will probably wait for the M2 or whatever they call it and save my $200 for that.

Seems like the swap is so fast that I don't even notice and have never gotten my memory pressure to ever go close to red no matter how much I have open.

Did a little editing and it seems like it is faster, though I was never one to sit and clock times.

But day to day browsing, emails, messaging, etc is night and day faster.

One thing I have also noticed is I have finally gotten rid of the HDCP error I have gotten with every Mac mini I have ever had. I always had a HDCP monitor and it always gave me the error on sites like Vudu that I could only play SD but I don't get it anymore with the M1.
 

avonord

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. You’re not running an ultra wide monitor are you?

I’d be moving from 8G 256. It happily runs my 5120x1440 display. Looking round the internet and a few people are having ultra wide display issues.

Glad to hear you have almost no issues. The lower cost point seems a no-brainer to me.
I’m planning to run the LG 5kx2k ultrawide from the m1 Mac mini. Where did u see people having issues? The m1 Mac mini is supposed to able to drive 6k displays without problem.
 

Pagemakers

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Just got my M1 today and upgraded from a 2018. Both 8Gb.

The M1 flies in comparison. Only issue is it took a real amount of fiddling to get it to play nice with a 5220x1440 ultra wide Samsung monitor.

Now I’ve got a 6 month old Intel Mini to sell.
 

mofoliar

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I have a iMac 27 13' i am looking to upgrade to MM M1. that LG 34 curved that was posted above looks like a nice addition with the MM M1.
 

Pagemakers

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Although I get 5120x1440 with my M1, when the machine wakes from sleep 50% of the time it wakes in a lower resolution and I have to manually select it again. My 2018 Mini doesn’t have this problem.
 

antipodean

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2018 mini (i3/8GB/128GB) -> M1 (16GB/1TB)

Yes it is a significant upgrade. It’s a secondary machine that I was using as a file server and occasional web browsing machine. Could have done more, but my primary machine (2020 13” MBP w/eGPU) always seemed more attractive. Now I would be just as happy to use the mini for FCP as my MBP.
 

drugones

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I got a 2018 i7, for computer graphic I was planning to add egpu, but now I'm in doubt if is better to upgrade to M1.

Any thoughts on performance of M1 vs 2018 i7 with egpu ?
 

CC88

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I got a 2018 i7, for computer graphic I was planning to add egpu, but now I'm in doubt if is better to upgrade to M1.

Any thoughts on performance of M1 vs 2018 i7 with egpu ?

Have a look here:

What I can say is that they only show some 'simple' project to work on. So basic editing for me. I think that a MM with an eGPU it's better at time of writing but I don't have an M1 to compare with at the moment.
 

drugones

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Have a look here:

What I can say is that they only show some 'simple' project to work on. So basic editing for me. I think that a MM with an eGPU it's better at time of writing but I don't have an M1 to compare with at the moment.

Thanks, that video is exactly the one that brought up my doubts :D, it looks like M1 would be roughly on par or better with 2018 with egpu for all apps except gaming.

I'll use mainly Adobe, which is not yet optimized for M1, so that benchmark at the moment is in favor of the 2018.

I'm hoping for additional benchmarks/experiences to confirm or deny this.
 
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