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miretogo

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Can someone who has already purchased the Mac Mini (Late 2014) with i5 processor and Intel Iris Graphics please run and post game-related benchmark scores (e.g. Unigine Heaven, Half Life 2: Lost Coast) including the detail settings used?

I would like to compare them to the scores I get on the Late 2012 model. Unfortunately, when I look at non-Mac benchmarks of Iris (=5100) compared to HD 5000 and HD 4000, it seems that the Late 2014 model would only be 20% to 50% faster in most game scenarios.

Sources (selection):
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1657520/
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7072/intel-hd-5000-vs-hd-4000-vs-hd-4400

Also, can someone please post the amount of VRAM that Yosemite allocates to Intel Iris Graphics (including your machine's amount of RAM)?

I hope with 8 GB of RAM, Yosemite allocates at least 1,536 MB of VRAM to the GPU (compared to the 1,024 MB of VRAM it allocates to Intel HD Graphics 4000 on the Late 2012 model).
 

miretogo

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Thank you for posting this link, jeanba3000.

The (only) game-relevant benchmark in that review is the OpenGL version of Cinebench R11. In this benchmark, the Late 2014 model with a 2.6 GHz (dual-core) i5 and Intel Iris Graphics is 29,3% faster than the Late 2012 model with a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 and Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Unfortunately, the Late 2012 model with a 2.5 Ghz dual-core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 4000 is not listed. Also, it's not possible to download Cinebench R11 from Maxon's website anymore, since the current version is R15.
 

LoCarbHotrod

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Feb 28, 2008
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Hey,

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I have the $699 model.
 
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jeanba3000

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Miretogo, another french Mac website published their first tests of the Mini : Mac4Ever including Cinebench test on stock 2012 Mini Dual i5.
 

miretogo

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jeanba3000, thank you for posting another interesting review and thanks to the French reviewers for providing it :) In the Cinebench 11.5 benchmark they used, the Late 2014 with 2.8 GHz Haswell i5 and Intel Iris (5100) is 54,2% faster than the Late 2012 base model (with 2.5 GHz Ivy Bridge i5 and Intel HD Graphics 4000). So I guess the Late 2014 with 2.6 GHz Haswell i5 would be about 50% faster than the Late 2012 base model. That is a decent and noticeable performance increase.
 
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LoCarbHotrod

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Feb 28, 2008
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@ LoCarbHotrod

Thank you for answering that question of mine :)

Can you please run the Cinebench R15 and/or the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark and post your scores?

http://www.maxon.net/products/cinebench/overview.html
https://unigine.com/products/heaven (please include the detail settings you used here)

Hey, I ran the benchmarks you asked. For the Unigine benchmark I used the 'Basic' preset. My mini has the standard 1TB 5400rpm HDD. I have a SSD on hand, but I read that Yosemite isn't cooperating well with aftermarket components, so I'm a bit hesitant to install it.

Cinebench:
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Unigine Heaven:
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miretogo

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LoCarbHotrod, thank you for running the benchmarks and posting your scores.

I just ran the same benchmarks on my Late 2012 model with 2.5 Ghz i5 (Ivy Bridge), HD Graphics 4000 and 8 GB (2x4 GB) 1,6000 MHz RAM and got the following results:

Cinebench R15:
15.57 fps
249 cb

Unigine Heaven 4.0 ("Basic" preset):
11.1 fps
281 score

Thus, your Mac Mini, which is the Late 2014 equivalent to my Late 2012 in terms of price, achieved +62.6% more frames per second (fps) in Cinebench and +53.2% more fps in Unigine.
 

Dont Hurt Me

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Thanks also,
2011 late Mini 2.5 i5 6630M 4 GB 10.9.5

Cinebench R15
OpenGL 21.46
CPU 254cb

2nd test running safari with macrumors opened
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 22.14
CPU 254cb
 
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FunnyGee

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Oct 25, 2014
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Hey, I ran the benchmarks you asked.

What screenresolution did you used on cinebench? I got:

2011 late Mini 2.5 i5 6630M 16GB 10.10.

Cinebench R15
OpenGL 21.20 FPS on 1600 x 900
OpenGL 18.12 FPS on 2560 x 1140

25.32 FPS on a tunderbolddisplay would be nice, around 30% faster than the 6630M.
 
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LoCarbHotrod

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Feb 28, 2008
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What screenresolution did you used on cinebench? I got:

2011 late Mini 2.5 i5 6630M 16GB 10.10.

Cinebench R15
OpenGL 21.20 FPS on 1600 x 900
OpenGL 18.12 FPS on 2560 x 1140

25.32 FPS on a tunderbolddisplay would be nice, around 30% faster than the 6630M.

I didn't set a resolution, I just clicked 'Run' next to the Open GL option. I have it open now and I don't see any options for setting the resolution (I have the free version).
 

FunnyGee

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Oct 25, 2014
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Which resolution has your display?

Displays with lower or higher resolutions get different FPS on the same system. So the FPS are only comparable if the screenresolution is identical on all systems.
 

LoCarbHotrod

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Feb 28, 2008
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Which resolution has your display?

Displays with lower or higher resolutions get different FPS on the same system. So the FPS are only comparable if the screenresolution is identical on all systems.

My display resolution is 1920x1080.
 

belltree

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I have a SSD on hand, but I read that Yosemite isn't cooperating well with aftermarket components, so I'm a bit hesitant to install it.

Where did you read this? Could you provide a link. I am thinking to do an SSD upgrade for my Mini but if you have a link for the above information I may hold off for now.
 

miretogo

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Aug 19, 2014
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Which resolution has your display?

Displays with lower or higher resolutions get different FPS on the same system. So the FPS are only comparable if the screenresolution is identical on all systems.

My resolution is also 1920 x 1080.
 

FunnyGee

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Oct 25, 2014
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@ LoCarbHotrod

Thank you, that sounds pretty nice:

Cinebench on 1920x1080:

Mac Mini i5 Intel Iris: 25.32 fps - CPU 272
Mac Mini i5 AMD 6630M: 18.97 fps - CPU 253
Mac Mini i5 Intel HD4000: 15.57 fps - CPU 249

Did you have some games for benchmarking? Left4Dead2, BlackOps, Bioshock Infinity?

I´m not able to do Unigine Heaven, got between 2-4 fps.
 

LoCarbHotrod

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Feb 28, 2008
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@ LoCarbHotrod

Thank you, that sounds pretty nice:

Cinebench on 1920x1080:

Mac Mini i5 Intel Iris: 25.32 fps - CPU 272
Mac Mini i5 AMD 6630M: 18.97 fps - CPU 253
Mac Mini i5 Intel HD4000: 15.57 fps - CPU 249

Did you have some games for benchmarking? Left4Dead2, BlackOps, Bioshock Infinity?

I´m not able to do Unigine Heaven, got between 2-4 fps.

Sorry I don't have any of those games. If there are some free game benchmarks that I could download, I'd be more than happy to run some tests.

I'd also like to run some real world tests as opposed to synthetic benchmarks. If you guys have any suggestions so we could compare numbers I'd appreciate it!
 
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