I recently bought a new Mac Mini (2.3GHz i5, 8GB RAM) to replace my old one (2.26GHz C2D, 4GB), mainly to help speed up the process of video encoding. I also own a MacBook Pro (13", 2.3GHz, i5, 8GB), which I do not want to use as my primary encoding machine. When encoding on my old Mini, I was getting about 35fps. On my MacBook Pro, I get in the range of 60fps. Now, on the new Mini, I'm getting closer to 35fps. Why would this be? The MacBook and the Mini are essentially identical machines, with hard drives of the same speeds, the same processors and the same amount of RAM. I have no idea why the new Mini is no faster than a model three years older than it at encoding video, especially since it shares the same specifications as my MBP, which is nearly twice as fast at encoding. Any explanations? Anything I'm missing? Thanks!